Our area, the gulf coast, is actually a mission area for Ireland! We have Irish priests EVERYWHERE!!! Oh, and nuns, too!
Our pastor is phenomenal! He is very personable, very social and very accessible but he is very busy. We have almost 2000 families in our parish and when I tell you he’s busy - the man never stops but somehow, he finds time for most! Like one other poster said, he’d have to able to bi-locate several times over to take care of everything! Believe me, he tries.
I’ve felt very comfortable talking to him about any number of things! He’s been to my house for dinner - and I have a protestant husband with twin sons (our son is Catholic, like me!) and Father loves them all and my husband loves him! In fact, he officiated at my stepson’s wedding just a year ago (to a nice Catholic girl!). It seems that everyone on the coast likes to come to our parish and of course, we have many tourists who come back year after year because of our pastor! I even think the Bishop has a special affenity for our parish. Our pastor has turned this into a welcoming, active, faith loving, involved parish. I even have a picture of him on my desk at work! You should see him get around the area on his bike!
Before every Mass that he is presiding over, he goes out in the church and greets, shakes hands, kisses and hugs just about everyone. The kids love him, from tiny tots all the way to college kids. He picks up the little ones and kisses them! No one here is afraid of the “scandal” thank goodness!
Our pastor has been here 12 years and it’s time that he move on. We will be losing him around January of next year and we are all so sad! BUT…we are a parish that loves our faith and we really don’t see people leaving because Father is leaving - believe it or not! We have vowed that we will survive whether he is here or not. Even he says - Don’t follow me - follow Christ! We will stick together as a parish!
He’ll still be in the area - it’s not like he’s going to another planet! We can go see him if we need a fix!