In the past 6 months Our Lady of Consolation has been truly blessed with 3 Parochial Vicars (associate pastors) and a seminarian intern.
Fr. Darrel Kempf, Pastor of St. Joseph, Pewamo (Served OLC from Jan 2015-Jan 2017)
Fr. Peter Damian, Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle, GR (Served OLC from Feb 2017-June 2017)
Fr. Stephen Durkee, Parochial Vicar at OLC (July 2017– present)
Andrew Ayers (Internship from Feb 2017-July 2017)
I am grateful to Bishop Walkowiak for considering Our Lady of Consolation, Rockford as a training parish for priests and seminarians. Please continue to pray for our priests and seminarians.
After serving OLC for 7 years as Business Manager, Frank Siegel has retired effective May 31, 2017. I am grateful for Frank’s commitment and dedication to our parish family over the past seven years. May God’s blessing be upon him and his family as he begins a new chapter in his life. Thank you Frank Siegel!!
Going forward, I have contracted with Neinhuis Financial Group to handle all of the financials for OLC. Steve Slachter (CPA) and Bridget Nieubuurt (Bookkeeper) will be in the parish office 4 days a week.
REST & RELAXATION
The month of July is usually quiet at OLC. As many of our parishioners vacation and enjoy the summer, it is a great time for us on staff to relax as well and get caught up on miscellaneous stuff that has been pushed aside during the busy months.
July is also a wonderful time for study and reflection. I encourage all of us to spend some time each day in the classroom of silence and do some spiritual reading. Why reading? Because books change our lives.
I will be away this week with Fr. Troy Nevins and Fr. Mike Alber attending priest conference given by St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology in West Virginia. Please keep us in your prayers!
Be safe and enjoy the rest of the summer!
Have a blessed week!