Saturday, November 6, 2010

A message from Father McSorley

Next year, God willing, I will reach the age of 70, celebrate my 47th anniversary of ordination and complete 18 years as pastor of St. Bernard’s.

At my request, Cardinal Mahony has granted me retirement, which will be effective on June 30, 2011.

The normal process for the archdiocese to appoint a new pastor is to invite eligible priests to apply for the position. An open meeting for the parishioners to express the needs of the parish and the skills that the incoming pastor should have is held by the clergy placement board of the archdiocese. Prospective pastors are interviewed by the same board; the Vicar for Clergy makes the final decision.

The process will take place over the next several months, and the incoming pastor will assume his position on July 1, 2011. I will not have a voice in determening who the next pastor will be.

I ask that you pray for the Holy Spirit to guide those who have the responsibility for providing St. Bernard’s with the next spiritual leader.

I will have more to say later about how blessed I am and have been to serve as the pastor of such a wonderful parish community.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley

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