I am sure that most of you are aware that I have been assigned as the pastor of St. Francis effective Feb. 14. I am grateful to Bishop Olson for this appointment, and I am excited to join the parish family at St. Francis. I was born on May 20, 1975, and was ordained a priest on January 01, 2000. I thank God every day for the gift of my priesthood in spite of my unworthiness. I was born as the 4th of five children, and I have two brothers and two sisters. My dad passed away in 2013 and my mom lives in India. I came to the diocese of Fort Worth in 2002. From 2002-06, I served as the parochial vicar in 3 parishes and was appointed as a first-time pastor in 2006, serving the parishes in Decatur, Bridgeport and Jacksboro. In 2011, I was appointed as the pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Wichita Falls where I served until 2016. In my most recent appointment, I served as the Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral.
I personally know three of the previous pastors of your parish, and they only have good things to say about the community at St. Francis of Assisi. I am aware of the amazing job that Fr. Flynn did as your pastor. I know that he is a hard act to follow, and I have big shoes to fill. I hope to rely on the Lord and in your support in my ministry at St. Francis of Assisi. I am also aware that the parish is in the midst of a Capital Campaign, raising money for the future of St. Francis. I can assure you that the vision and plans for the future of the parish, proposed by Fr. Flynn and the committee, will be followed through.
Please do pray for me and the members of our parish family during this time of transition. I have been praying for all of you ever since I learned of my appointment. May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts always!