*Sniff*

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.

13 thoughts on “*Sniff*

  1. Bill,

    Again, we are going to miss you at many young adult activities.

    Would you be so kind to divulge where and what you are doing? Or should we just wait for that to happen?

    We’re (many of our mutual friends) are just curious what this new apostolate is.

    God bless,

    Tito

  2. Nope. I’m not even telling my wife.

    Well, that’s an exaggeration. She knows. My parents know. A few other folks know. But my brother Jim doesn’t.

    The timing of that announcement is in the hands of my new boss.

  3. Bill,

    We’ll wait. At least I will. Now you have my curiousity peaked. Many of our friends are asking me what you are doing next. So I guess we’ll just have to wait.

    All the best nonetheless! Our prayers are with you.

    Pappadeaux huh!

  4. Jim’s too busy with his kids to hold a grudge (lucky him, he gets to hear his two-year-old talk back to him in two languages!).

  5. … yachrib beitak!

    (I have no idea what Jim said, but just the fact that he said it in Japanese merits that particular Arabic response!)

    I have told Mom and Dad about my plans, though.

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