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Fr. Bill's Corner

A MESSAGE FROM FR. BILL, OUR PASTOR

Dear Parishioners,

Within a diocese, groups of parishes are established called Deaneries. A Deanery is a subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number of parishes, over which presides a Dean appointed by a Bishop. The duty of the Dean is to encourage and support the clergy of the Deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the Bishop, and to observe the liturgical and canon laws. I am humbled to announce that Bishop Matano has appointed me to serve as Dean of our local Deanery, the Monroe Central Deanery. I will serve in this positon while also serving as Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows. As Dean I will be dedicating time to visiting the parishes of the Monroe Central region and seeking to encourage the good work that is being done. It will also be my responsibility to collaborate with parishes to ensure that the needs of the sick and those living with poverty are being addressed.

To be asked to serve as Dean of our region is an honor for me, as well as for our entire parish. This appointment is recognition of the renewed growth we have experienced as a parish, the vibrant liturgies, the dynamic programs, and the fact that over 100 new families have joined Our Mother of Sorrows within the past year.

Please join me in praying for our Bishop, The Most Reverend Salvatore Matano, all of the parishes of the Monroe Central Deanery, as well as all of the priests and deacons of our diocese.

Peace,

The Very Reverend William G. Coffas

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