Saturday, July 20, 2013

Letter from Bob Begin, St. Colman Parish

This Time It Is A "Yes!"

July 19, 2013

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Colman,

Thank you, all of you, for your sincere concern and your prayers and efforts over the past two months. I met with the bishop and Father Oleksiak this morning to discuss the future of St. Colman as it relates to the timeliness of my retirement.

The meeting was pleasant and the Bishop indicated that he had carefully considered and prayerfully reflected on my request that he reconsider his decision to accept the resignation that I submitted as required at age 75. He indicated further that he had prayerfully reflected on all of the messages that he has received from persons who love the mission and ministry of St. Colman.

He proposed that I continue at St. Colman as Pastor until August 30 of 2014 and, during that time, work with the incoming leadership to create a smooth transition and a transition that would insure the “long term pastoral and sacramental care of St. Colman.”

I could not have asked for a better proposal and I promptly agreed. As we talked further, I became very convinced that if we make good use of the year ahead of us, we can not only assure a smooth transition, we can also continue to expand our pastoral and sacramental ministry. We will have his full support.

Please take a moment to thank God and all of our saints and angels who have accompanied us through these two months.

A thank you note to the Bishop can be addressed to Bishop Richard Lennon, Diocese of Cleveland, 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland Ohio 44114.

Thanks again to everyone and please stay fully engaged as we roll up our sleeves once again and figure out how to expand our efforts to be the compassionate heart of Jesus in our city in the best way possible.

Father Bob Begin

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