LETTER FROM FATHER
“Ah well, that’s a missionary’s life; to plant where
another shall reap.”
Fr. Joseph in Death Comes for the Archbishop
I recently finished reading Willa Cather’s classic novel about two missionary priests from the early years of the Church in America, based on the real life story of two missionary priests who originally served in Ohio before being sent to New Mexico to found the Church there. In the quote above, Fr. Joseph (the founding pastor of Holy Angels Parish in Sandusky, Ohio) is contemplating the vineyards that he had planted in Sandusky and his successor who was now enjoying the wine from those vines.
Fr. Joseph’s words certainly apply to our mission here at St. Thomas More. Our task is to draw in souls by showing them the love of the Heart of Jesus. I see this happen through new friendships and the joys of life in community, the mercy and grace of the Sacraments, the powerful appeal of the Truth, and the service we offer to our brothers and sisters. Then, having been transformed by their encounter with Jesus, we send those disciples out from Bowling Green to places near and far, carrying with them the Heart of Jesus so that their families, parishes, and communities might reap the fruit of a Christian Life well-lived.
In this issue of the Catholic Falcon, you’ll hear some stories from our Fall Koinonia Retreat, which we will be repeating this Spring for a whole new group of students who are seeking to encounter the Lord. You’ll also meet some of our donors, and hear about some of our college men who are on a journey to greater Freedom in Christ through the Exodus 90 Spiritual Exercises this semester. I’m grateful to have you as our partners in mission as we draw in and send out disciples with the Heart of Jesus Christ. Your spiritual and financial support make these stories of transformation possible. Be assured of our prayers for you all.
God bless and Go Falcons!
Fr. Jeff Walker