With the announcement by Bishop Sullivan that I will serve as your pastor, it necessitates that the priest team model of ministry must end. Fr. Agudelo and Fr. Field will be moving on to new assignments and ventures. Fr. Agudelo will be serving in two parish communities as part time Parochial Vicar at St. Clare of Assisi in Gibbstown and part time Parochial Vicar and living in residence at St. Gabriel the Archangel, 350 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point, NJ 08069. Fr. Field will be on sabbatical, his mailing address is the Diocese of Camden, 631 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08102.
I thank them both for their service to our parish. Fr. Field will be missed by many for his wonderful homilies and efforts to bring vibrancy and renewal to our liturgies here at Notre Dame de la Mer. His many efforts over the past five years to bring us all into one parish family are greatly appreciated and we wish him well on his sabbatical and future assignment! Fr. Agudelo who has been with us for almost ten years, has faithfully served our Hispanic parishioners in numerous ways. His dedication and concern for this part of our community was exemplary and I know he will be sorely missed. His adult education classes and festive celebrations of the Eucharist for the religious holidays were special to many and will be greatly missed. Fr. Agudelo’s quick wit and self deprecating humor will be missed as well.
The parish will be sponsoring a goodbye gathering today for our two priests who are leaving us this week after the 8:30am Mass in Msgr. Kelly Hall and after the 11:00am Mass at Sr. Sheila Murphy Gym (at the old St. Ann School, New Jersey and Magnolia Aves). I do hope you will come out to wish them fare well and God’s speed! As Shakespeare once said, “parting is such sweet sorrow!” We wish you both well and much happiness in your new assignments. Thank you for all your service and we pray you find contentment and fulfillment in your future ministry!