Dear Catholic Devils:
Blessed Easter to you all! He is risen... as He said. God keeps His promises, and it's never what's expected! What once was... is no more. What now is... has a strange familiarity with the past, but is entirely NEW! So it's meant to be in the Christian life... for each of us... and we'll start to see some of these kind of features in Newman life.
Building's up and running... but is still a construction site! Plenty yet to be accomplished. Our tremendous partnership with the UNIVERSITY OF MARY has been lurking in the background... but takes on a new presence and urgency with our new facilities and the coming fall term. This August... look for our staff and the University of Mary's staff to be united and ON SITE as we do some re-fitting to allow us out of our temporary [and distant!] offices and to re-establish our presence at our actual Newman Center.
With sadness, we say good-bye to Fr. John Muir who will [quite capably!] take on new adventures as the pastor of St. Rose Parish in Anthem. It's a grace and a joy for any Catholic community to welcome a young priest, as they bring with them a connection to "the future" that can serve God's Will remarkably as time unfolds in the lives of younger Catholics. Fr. Muir brings to Anthem a profound enthusiasm, intelligence, knowledge of the spiritual life and love for the Church... and there's that sharp wit of his and his social-networking skills... close to incomparable! He'll be deeply missed... and we can only be most grateful! Wish Fr. John Muir well after Masses on 28/29 April as he starts up in Anthem in the first week of May.
Joining us, however, in July is Fr. Thielo Ramirez (it's pronounced Chello, fyi). Fr. Ramirez has been ordained four years and comes to us from St. Catherine Parish, Phoenix, where he's served as parochial vicar there. Fr. Ramirez... he's quite the texter, phenomenal teacher, all-around funny guy, Filipino in ancestry... he's got quite the story and he's going to fit right in here! We'll be welcoming him in early July.
Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Rob Clements