Father Adam's Articles

August 22, 2017

I recently decided to conduct a social experiment and offered, via our Saint Luke the Evangelist account on Facebook, to do house blessings.  At first, the view rate was a little slow for social media, so I stepped up my game with the help of Fr. Larry, who was able to get this amazing photo before we were caught and run off the property.

Accompanied by the above photo, my last offer on Facebook reached over 3000 people 48 hours after posting it, and I booked up the intended day (and, subsequently, the two days following) with 22 house blessings.

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Given the immense popularity on Facebook, I have decided to extend the offer of a house blessing to the Parish once again, this time through the bulletin and through announcements at Mass.  I will be offering two dates:  First, September 9th. While I know it is the ISU vs. Iowa game (the one and only sporting event I watch every year), I consider it of utmost importance as part of my sublime pastoral duty to visit your parties, bless your houses, and make sure the provender you provide at your festivities is fitting for those who have the high honor of being part of the lay faithful.  It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

For those of you who are unavailable or attending other parties on the 9th, or for those of you who do not wish to endure my unflagging, zealous, once-a-year loyalty to the Cyclones (Go State!), I will also be available all afternoon and evening on September 10th. 

In either case, drop me an e-mail at fradam@slte.org to schedule a time. 

I have made it a personal goal to meet outside of weekend Mass all of the 480 registered families of our parish by August 15 next year.  I am off to a good start, and it has been wonderful to get to know you all a little better in my first month here.  Know that I am praying for you.

Blessings,
Fr. Adam

August 08, 2017

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. fradam@slte.org