Three years ago I came to Blytheville not knowing what is going to be. Not only in Blytheville but also Osceola and Marked Tree as well. After two years of pastorate at St. Norbert parish, Marked Tree, it is blessed with another pastor. As I look back to the last three years I see that we have faced challenges and we still stand firm to face the future challenges. We kept up the faith, we grew with the community through our involvement in Blytheville Ministerial alliance, Chamber of Commerce, Festival in May, and other religious and social programs. To reach out to the less privileged and needy we started the St. Joseph’s Kitchen. We continue to support the Food Pantry, The Haven, Great River Charitable Clinic and Mississippi County Union Mission.
Contentment with our social and material progress alone would be a sad perception of our goal as faithful, worshiping community. If we have moved one step towards Christ we can call that progress. I believe I worked for that. Here I am reminded of the words of St. Paul to Philippians, 3:12 and following. “I have not yet reached my goal and I am not perfect… So I keep on running… I don’t feel that I have already arrived.
Now it is time to say Adios to each of you with gratitude to God and each of you for your support and cooperation. I thank you for everything you have done for me. I am glad that I could offer three years of my life for Blytheville, especially for Immaculate Conception parish, St. Mathew’s parish in Osceola and St. Norbert’s at Marked Tree. I consider that to be a good offering acceptable to God and good for the people. I apologize for whatever failures may have happened. I assure I continued prayers for each of you. God bless you. Adios.