Fr. Ron's Journey Continues...
On Friday May 10, Bishop Lennon informed Fr. Ron Wearsch that he has been appointed the new pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Avon Lake, effective June 15.
After 16 years of ministry at St. Mary Magdalene, this new appointment is bittersweet for Fr. Ron. He is filled with gratitude for the joy and blessing of being part of the SMM community, and also excited by the possibilities that lie ahead as he continues to grow in his priestly ministry.
Avon Lake is Fr. Ron's home town, and much of his family still lives nearby - including his parents, when they are not in Florida. It is a blessing that this appointment will put him closer to his parents in their "golden" years.
Since this all happened very recently, we don't have a lot of details in place yet. We do know that:
· Going forward, St. Mary Magdalene will only have one priest. The Bishop does not have enough priests to continue having two at SMM.
· Fr. Ted will continue his ministry here.
· Fr. Ron's last mass will be on Sunday, June 9.
· The staff is planning a farewell party on June 9, the Sunday after festival. Mark it in your calendar now!
We would like to send Fr. Ron off with a collection of memories, but we need your help! We will provide blank scrapbook pages the weekends of Memorial Day (May 25-26), Festival (May 30 - June 2), and Fr. Ron's farewell (June 8-9). Please decorate the page with pictures, memories, etc. - we'll leave the creativity to you - and return the completed page to the SMM Office no later than June 30. We will bind the pages together so Fr. Ron can take a little piece of SMM with him to Avon Lake.
If you are unable to join us for Fr. Ron's farewell, we have a basket in the parish office for notes, cards, and well wishes.
Fr. Ron is grateful for the time he has spent here, and for the wonderful friendships he has made. We have indeed been blessed by his ministry, and though we are sorry to see him move on, we are confident in God's plan.
We will keep you informed as details unfold. Meanwhile, please pray for Fr. Ron, for the community at St. Joe's, and for our St. Mary Magdalene community throughout this transition and beyond.