Thank you St. Juliana
I am writing this short article with a great sense of gratitude to all of you.
I can’t believe that the day has come for me to say farewell to St. Juliana. It’s a day I never wanted to come for selfish reasons. I have considered St. Juliana as home for the last five years and for my ten classmates and I, St. Juliana has a special place in our hearts because we were ordained here ten years ago.
So today I just want to thank you for your faith. I have learned a lot these last five years. Thank you very much for helping me to grow in my faith. More than that, you took me under your wings and I have always felt at home. Despite my family being in Tanzania, you were kind enough to open your doors for me and welcome me. Thank you very much. As we say in Swahili, “Asanteni Sana.”
When I first heard about my departure from St. Juliana, I thought this would be more of a goodbye in the sense that I would be able to see you again. However, God has called me to serve in another community. I believe our friendship will continue and we will continue to pray for each other.
During my five years here at St. Juliana, I have worked with three pastors, Fr. Kanonik, Fr. Beaven, and Fr. Wallace and Fr. Caplis as resident. I just wanted to say thank you to each of them.
After being a priest for ten years I have come to learn that our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Individuals move into our community and others leave us, moving away to new places, new experiences and new opportunities. As I was thinking about these few words I could not help to remember a passage from Holy Scripture (Eccles 3:1-4) “There is a time for everything…”
As I come to the end of my time here at St. Juliana I cannot help to think about all of you parishioners as you not only supported me but for supporting my home village to alleviate poverty. You have been very supportive to the Goat Project in my village. We all say “Asanteni Sana.” It means thank you very much.
As I leave you behind I know one thing: St. Juliana as a parish you are blessed to have Fr. James as your pastor and Fr. Caplis as resident.