Letter From the Pastor January 12

Dear Friends –

As the Christmas Season comes to an end and we prepare to begin another new semester, I want to thank those who have participated in making Christmas so beautiful at Newman.  I always hate to take down the tree because our Christmas configuration is my favorite here at Newman.  But time marches on.

I am very conscious that this will be my last semester as Pastor of this amazing community.  I have not been thinking all year “this is the last time I’ll ____,” but over the holidays other people started pointing it out and asking me about it.  Of course, it is bittersweet, but there is much work to do in the next six months. Our Provincial has given me permission to be on sabbatical next year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) So, I will not know what my “new assignment” is for another year.  I will be sharing my sabbatical plans with you in the near future.

This week we will welcome the return of the student community and I ask your prayers for their safe return to campus and for our Newman community as we get another semester of programming up and running.

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