I’ve been getting lots of calls, visits, and e-mails after my announcement. This one really touched me.
I’m saddened to hear that you will be leaving the office soon. In my young adult experience, where people come and go due to jobs and school and such, there has always been the constant for ministry. That constant is you doing good work at the arch-diocese. I just want to thank you and wish you the best on this new path you are embarking on. I’m glad you will remain on the scene. It’s always good to see familiar faces around here and there. Houston has been blessed to have you inspire and support the young adult community. Once again, thank you.
Here are some others:
I have noticed the sincere dedication to Christ and to the young adults you minister to. I sense that often you had to balance delicate situations between the young adults, yourself, and the chancery. I have thought that you did an outstanding job of being in those tight situations and making the right decisions without drawing attention to yourself. Your dedication to Awakening has particularly touched me and even when some rules or decisions seemed arbitrary and annoying, I have appreciated the firm but delicate way you have guided this ministry. I recognized that with the young adult ministry you were trying to drive a boat down a straight path that is often trying to stray too far to the left or to the right. I thought you handled that admirably.
From one of my longtime volunteers:
Well, I am very happy for you. I know you have had a lifetime more patience with that role than anyone could have ever imagined. I hope you will be happy in your new job. I can attest to the relief of changing environments. … You have done an outstanding job with the Young Adults and leave a great story of progress behind you. You are due for a change!
From the former chancellor:
Thank you for personally letting me know that you have resigned. I had heard that you had. I do understand the need to minister elsewhere. Nine years is a long time in this type of ministry. You did a lot of good work in organizing Young Adult and Campus Ministry in the archdiocese. I pray that you know that your contribution is appreciated. I assure you of my prayers that you will find contentment and and joy in your next ministry. God bless you and your family.