The associate priest at my parish was incredibly kind, patient, so easy to talk to…everyone one could ask for in a priest. He has been at my parish less than a year.
I spoke to him at the end of last week and no mention was ever made of his leaving. As of Monday, he was gone. No notice, no chance to even say good-bye. Our “main” priest didn’t mention it at any of the masses this past weekend even though he knew our associate priest would soon be gone.
This isn’t normal, is it? Why would a priest in wonderful standing with a parish up and leave so suddenly, without saying goodbye?
The parish he is going to had a nice farewell for their priest. There is no scandal. I’m very confused and hurt that a well-loved leader in our parish is suddenly gone without any explanation or warning…and that we parishoners are finding out bits and pieces here and there.
FYI I only found out he was gone Monday when my daughter came home from the school and said her teacher told the class he was leaving.