Today I am very grateful to celebrate my 15th anniversary as a Priest. I was ordained by Bishop Hanifen at Holy Apostles Catholic Church on December 18, 1999. Probably one of the last ordinations in the that millennium. As you can see by the picture I was smiling, was thinner and had much more black hair. Today, 15 years later – I still smile. I am indeed very blessed to be a Priest and a Fire Chaplain. I think that anniversaries such as these are great times to stop and reflect on the way in which God has blessed your life. I am very richly blessed.
The Morning of my ordination, Bishop Hanifen, Msgr. Don Dunn, Fr. Paul Wicker and I met at 8am at Bishop Hanifen’s residence and spent an hour before the Blessed Sacrament in the Bishop’s private chapel. That hour before the Blessed Sacrament really helped me to focus. My first assignment as a priest was with Fr. Paul as his associate pastor. My second assignment was a Pastor of Saint Patrick’s Parish in COS and then on to here. I have been very blessed with great assignments.
Prior to my ordination I was blessed to begin volunteering as a Chaplain with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and those deep friendships continue to grow. I continue to serve Springs Fire and am blessed that I also get to work with the fine men and women of the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department. I also get to work with Police Officers as well and a lot of great Fire and Police Chaplains. One of my great friends is Jack Pope of Denver Police Department and I get to spend time with the “Pope” every month!
I personally want to say thanks to all of the members of my great staff here! Each of you daily goes above and beyond in terms of providing excellent customer service to our Parishioners! I personally want to say thanks to all of our parishioners here for making my life so blessed. I also want to say thanks to all of the Knights of Columbus for letting me walk with them as their State Chaplain this year. It continues to be a very blessed walk.
Keep Smiling and Count your blessings each day!