Knowing how you faithful readers hang on my every word and action I thought I’d give you an update on my new post as parish priest at Our Lady of the Rosary parish here in Greenville. People have asked how I am going to manage being Chaplain to St Joseph’s School, parish priest, husband and father and continue writing and speaking.
The answer is Dr Richard Ballard. Dr Ballard is a former Lutheran pastor. He is very well educated and very experienced and he happens to be a very spiritual person and a nice guy as well. Dr Ballard will serve at Our Lady of the Rosary as Pastoral Associate. This means he will help me on a day to day basis with the pastoral oversight and administration of the parish.
OLR (as it’s referred to here) is the smallest parish in Greenville. With just over 400 families, it is also the second oldest parish in Greenville after Great St Mary’s where my friend Fr Jay Scott Newman is pastor. The present church building was constructed as a temporary worship space in the 1950′s, so we have a building project underway. What a great opportunity to do something beautiful for God! If any of you out there happen to be (or know) a Catholic billionaire who wants to build a beautiful traditional church be in touch!
We also have a fine little elementary and middle school. The school has been through a time of turbulence lately, but we’ve appointed an excellent new principal. Mrs Marianne Tully has taught in Catholic schools for 26 years and steps into the role full of enthusiasm, bright ideas and total professionalism. We’ll be working together in the coming months to help the school bounce back so the children in the upstate can enjoy a truly traditional Catholic education that is joyful, zealous and loving.
To help us do that we need a couple of teachers. Anybody want to help out? For the upcoming semester we need a kindergarten teacher and a middle school English teacher. Here’s a chance to help us build up the school, be involved in a growing, lively and orthodox parish community and live in beautiful Greenville South Carolina.
On that note, Fortune Magazine recently voted Greenville as one of the top five places in the US to retire. In the foothills of the mountains and just a few hours from the beach the climate is excellent, the town is beautiful and as you may have already guessed, it is a wonderful place to be a Catholic. The liturgy, architecture and music at St Mary’s downtown is top notch. Prince of Peace is a parish where the liturgy and music are also very fine and where the Extraordinary form of the Mass is celebrated regularly, and I hope in a humbler way Our Lady of the Rosary will offer dignified and beautiful Catholic worship combined with a joyful an active family based fellowship and vital social action and pro active evangelization.
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