Here’s what I sent to my young adult ministry e-mail list:
For nine years I’ve been director of the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry.
We’ve accomplished some wonderful things together in these years. I’ll always be grateful for your friendship, support, prayers and the hard work you all provided to make a success of Bayou Awakening, Theology on Tap, Café Catholica, our campus ministries, and the many other things that we have done together.
I’m still going to be involved in ministry with young adults, but on a grassroots level, where I can do more ministry and not have to worry so much about bureaucracies.
Let my final words be those of St. Paul to the Philippians:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you
Keep your hearts and minds fixed on Jesus. Turn to him. Trust in him.
If you are a member of a young adult group that spends more time at bars (even on Friday nights in Lent!), turn it around-or find another where Jesus is first. If you are a member of a young adult group that volunteers to support events contrary to Christian teaching (such as the recent AIDS Walk Houston, sponsored by Planned Parenthood), turn it around-or find another where Jesus is put first. If you are in a parish where you find yourself butting your head against a wall, do what you can to turn it around-or go where you can see Jesus. If you are a member of a young adult group or a campus ministry that is turned in on itself, and doesn’t see the need to reach out, turn it around-or find another where the focus is upon sharing the good news with those who are suffering and struggling and questioning.
May God bless you all, now and forever.