At the end of June two members of our staff, Pam Francisco and Joyce Browne, will be retiring. Pam and Joyce have served our parish with such dedication for so many years. Pam arrived here in 1974 and has served both as Director of Religious Education and as Pastoral Associate, helping with the liturgies and working with a variety of groups. She originally taught at our Catholic school and quickly endeared herself to the community.
Joyce was raised at St. Juliana, raised a family then at our parish, and finally arrived on staff in 1988! She has served likewise in a variety of ways: bereavement ministry, Friendship Club, and Vacation Bible School.
Pam and Joyce have been more than co-workers and employees; they have been like family: a smile and a hug here, a piece of advice and encouragement there. I feel privileged, as both a young priest and pastor, to have had Pam and Joyce with me. They will be missed on the staff. There is much more I can say about these two fine women—too much for this little installment.
In chapter one I spoke of the need for parishioner involvement. Pam and Joyce’s retirement heightens this need. Pam and Joyce are parishioners and we hope they will still be present to help, while being able to enjoy their retirement. Please, though, consider lending yourself so that the many other responsibilities they fulfilled do not fall by the wayside.
Thank you, ladies, for your love of Jesus Christ and his Church!