Christmastime greetings to all at St. Athanasius. I have been away from St. A’s since my sabbatical and time spent as administrator at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Chicago and then at our neighboring parish, St. Joan of Arc. However, St. A’s remains very much a part of why I am grateful to serve as a priest. I still stop by to check in with Fr. Hernan and pick up my junk mail. I am always open to invitations for a visit.
Where am I now? I have settled in as a resident priest at St. Hilary Parish, 5601 N. California (California and Bryn Mawr), Chicago, 60659. (773-561-3474). My email address is email@example.com.
Here are two items that may interest you readers. Some may remember former parishioners Bob and Eileen Parkinson. They were active with the parish lectors. Since their move to Sarasota, Bob has written an imaginative short book about what could have happened in the “silent years” of a young Jesus. Rehearsal by J. Robert Parkinson is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Black Opal books.
A few years ago Michael Cahill began interviewing 5 classmates and myself from the ordination class of 1969 about our lives as parish priests in the Chicago Archdiocese from the time of Vatican II until now, when we have entered “senior priest” status. The result is a book, Catholic Watershed: The Chicago Ordination Class of 1969 and How They Helped Change the Church by Michael Cahill. It is available from ACTA Publications, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
Again, a joyful Christmas to all.
In the Lord’s Blessings,
Fr. Tom Libera