As you may have heard by now I will be taking some time away from the parish for a Sabbatical. Some of you have said, I am not sure what a Sabbatical is, so let me see if I can put some framework around this concept of sabbatical. A Sabbatical is a time of rest. The bible says it like this, “The LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, when you come into the land that I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD. For six years you shall sow your field, and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its fruits, but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the LORD. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. You shall not reap what grows of itself in your harvest, or gather the grapes of your undressed vine. It shall be a year of solemn rest for the land.” (Leviticus 25:1-5)
Most of those who go on Sabbatical today do not take the year as the bible states, but they will take 3-6 months. The Sabbatical is a season of Sabbath for prolonged rest. It is an extended time in which there is no working, no pastoring, you don’t try to accomplish anything, but you just “do nothing” with God. I believe that it will be in this time of doing nothing with God, that once my body stops jittering and thinking and catches up with me that I can just “do nothing” and be with God. In this time of being with God, I will come to know more about His Son Jesus and how Jesus cares for and loves us all. Some of the particulars about my sabbatical are that it will
run from August 1st through December 3rd, the First Sunday of Advent. The place for it will be with the Benedictine Monks of St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN. It will begin with a retreat, and include 2 theology classes. There will be time for spiritual direction, praying with the Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass with the community, rest, and exploration of the state of Minnesota, which is often called the land of 10,000 Lakes. While I am away, our Associate Pastor Fr. Julio, will be here to help care for the Sacramental needs of the parish. He will also be getting the help of Fr. Augusty. Fr. Augusty is from India, a priest of the “Heralds the Good News”, and has been in the United States for 10 years serving at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro, PA. I have spoken to Fr.
Augusty and he is excited about coming to our parish and meeting all of us. He will arrive on June, 18th. I look forward to his coming and helping him to come to know our parish and our community. I feel assured that we will help to make him feel welcome. Moreover, we have a very gifted parish staff who will help with the day-to-day running of our parish. Each of them care deeply about our parish and know the mission of this local church, of keeping Jesus Christ at the center, making disciples and welcoming the lost, who we call Owen S. Boro into our doors.
– Fr. Carl