Five and a half years ago, when I found out that I was moving from Holy Family parish to Our Lady of the Angels, my first thoughts were that Fr. John would be a great pastor to be assigned with and that the parish was a healthy parish. Both of those of those would prove to be true upon my arrival. I am a better priest and disciple of Jesus because of my time here. I have felt nothing but support from the individuals and families who are part of this parish community as well as the Bishop McHugh Regional School and Wildwood Catholic communities. I am grateful to the Bishop and the Diocese for the time I ministered here in Cape May County. It is unlike any other part of the Diocese of Camden, and I am fortunate to have spent these years here at Our Lady of the Angels. I will miss the parishioners here very much. You give me a lift by your faith example and have helped me be a better priest. I am grateful to have lived and ministered with Fr. John and Fr. Antony. I have often been in awe at the gifts that they have, especially because they are gifts that I don’t necessarily possess. Having spent some time with Fr. Chris and Fr. Joseph, I see that they will bring powerful gifts to the parish of Our Lady of the Angels. I am grateful also to our staff in the office. It has been a great source of grace and joy to work with Mary Joan, Sandy, Mary Ann and the many volunteers. Everyone is a team player, and we work toward the same goals. Fr. John sets the tone for it all to be healthy and holy. My prayer for everyone in our parish is that you stay close to Jesus, especially his presence in the Eucharist.
Believe it or not, it is hardest on the priest when he gets transferred. Even though I know that this is part of God’s plan for me, it is still very sad to leave Our Lady of the Angels. I am both excited and at peace with the move to Our Lady of Hope in Blackwood, but at the same time it is sad to leave you all. I take with me the spiritual, emotional and social growth that you have aided me with, as well as the love that I have received while ministering here. Thank you for all you have given to me. I have been changed for the better because of you.
In Christ’s Love, Fr. Steve