It is hard to compete with Fr. Larry’s letters. The title above, and this article, are my first crack at taking over a wonderful custom started by our dear Pastor Fr. Larry.
As I write this I am coming up on one week officially assigned to St. Luke’s, and have enjoyed getting my first taste of the parish. Coming from DC to Ankeny is almost as great a shift as Dorothy coming from Kansas to OZ, and I could have sworn for a brief moment that I had come to munchkinland when I held up the collection plate for the kid’s collection for the first time. Prudence kept me from singing my own rendition of Gelinda’s “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are” during this part of the Mass.
I love the energy this parish has, and I’m excited to welcome the teachers and students back for the academic year so I can get the full St. Luke’s experience. I myself attended Catholic Schools my whole life, from Holy Trinity in Beaverdale to Dowling Catholic, then to the Franciscan University of Steubenville where I earned my B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Theology, afterwards earning my M. Div. at St. Paul seminary, and finishing up my academic studies (God willing) with a JCL from the Catholic University of America as soon as I complete my thesis.
I’m looking forward to putting myself at the service of the parish and to helping this community to grow closer to Christ and one another. If I can be of assistance to you or your families, or if you want to meet for coffee/tea or dinner, or for pranking someone or shenanigans or other fun social activities, the easiest way to get ahold of me is through e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org