We see the start but You see the end
We see in part but Your love sees everything
We plant the seeds but You make them grow
We’re building a house, You’re building a home
This is the great unknown
Love is a long and narrow road
Come chase this heart of stone
I need a future not my own
– Matt Maher, A Future Not My Own

Today it was officially announced that as of July 1, 2015 I will become pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon.

I praise God and I’m more grateful than words for having had the privilege of being pastor of the parishes in Watson, Englefeld, St. Gregor, and Quill Lake over these past years. You have all become family to me. My final weekend in these parishes will be a sad one indeed.

070 Ordination DSCF0072Trusting in the Holy Spirit, I am also looking forward to my new role within the Diocese of Saskatoon. Holy Spirit Parish holds a very special place in my heart, having been the church in which I was ordained a priest on July 13, 2007.

The new pastor of the Watson-Englefeld-Quill Lake parishes will be Fr. Francis Akomeah. Fr. Francis is from the Diocese of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana. He was ordained in 2004.

In addition, the parish of St. Gregory the Great, St. Gregor will be joining the Lake Lenore and Annaheim group of parishes. The new pastor for these parishes will be Fr. Anthony Atter. He is from the Diocese of Obuasi in Ghana. Fr. Anthony was ordained in 2007.

Joining me as Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit will be Fr. Charles Nweze. Fr. Charles is from the Archdiocese of Onitsha in Nigeria. He was ordained in 2006.

As Matt Maher sang so well, my future is not my own. It is in the hands of the God whose love here and now holds me in being, and by whose love I am redeemed. Such can be said for all of us. Please pray for me, for my current parishes, and for my new parish as we all undertake this transition.

Click here for the full list of pastoral announcements from the Diocese of Saskatoon.