Dear Friends of St. Mary's,
I had hoped to save this announcement until after Easter, but events have gotten ahead of me. I want to let you know that Bishop Bradley has assigned me as pastor of St. Ann's parish and the missions of St. Ambrose, Delton, and Our Lady of Great Oak, Lacey. This appointment will take effect April 20. This will also conclude my tenure as pastor of St. Mary parish. Fr. Jose Haro has been appointed pastor of St. Mary's as of the same date. Given the reality of the current moment, the actual transition and moving of priests will taken several weeks more. This has come about quite suddenly and in response to the need to provide pastoral care for St. Ann's. I apologize for those of you who should have been informed more personally, but as I said, word got out ahead of schedule.
I want to inform you as well that, after consulting with Bishop Bradley, trusted advisors and with my confessor, I have asked Bishop Bradley to suspend the development of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. While it is possible that we may raise the idea of an Oratorian community in the future, I believe I need to step back from this project for the time being. While it is difficult for me to let go of my hopes for this and of my attachment to St. Mary's, I am hopeful for this next chapter. St. Mary's is the first parish where I can honestly say I have felt part of a family, and I am proud of the things we've done and community we've built. Just the same, I am happy Fr. Jose will carry on the work we've begun. I could not think of a priest I would be happier to have follow me here.
There are many things to figure out in the coming days, but first we ought to give our focus where it belongs. on the death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray this great mystery may bring us all peace and hope in these uncertain times.
Rev. James Richardson
Fr. James Richardson
on Friday, April 10 at 8:29PM