I’m Fr. Craig Collison, your new pastor. I come to you after 12
wonderful years at Sacred Heart in Sioux City. In August of
1979, I arrived at St. Lawrence with one whole year of
experience under my belt and looking forward to joining
Fr. McCarty, Fr. Hughes, and becoming part of the Kuemper
family for the first time. Thirty six years later, I feel like I’ve
come full circle in returning now as your pastor. I thank the
Lord, too, for the 10 years I had at Kuemper and St. Mary’s
in Willey from 1994-2003. Of my 37 years in the priesthood,
13 of them have been in Carroll County, and now I am
looking forward to many more. Thanks so much to
everyone who has been so wonderful in welcoming me back
to St. Lawrence and Carroll. I look forward to many
wonderful years of walking the journey of faith with you.
Bless you all.
A VERY LARGE THANK-YOU:
I am so grateful to all who attended one of the farewell gatherings for me last weekend, especially those who came Sunday afternoon. Such a warm day. I am sure it was tempting to stay home.
Thank you for spending a moment with me, for all your appreciation & affirmation. Thank you to Phil & Michele Phillips, to Sue Norgaard & the Ladies Guild, to the Men’s Club, to Deacon Tim & Kate Cuddy & the Celebration Choir & to all who played a part in organizing & helping with the farewells. Thank You for the very generous gift you gave me.
I am stunned & overflowing with gratitude.
I recently found this sentence from A. A. Milne: “How lucky (blessed!) I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Indeed. You Saint Lawrence folks are a choice & beautiful blessing. Thank You. And you know I am living in Carroll, so, as I have said: “I’ll see you around.”
A VERY LARGE WELCOME:
To Father Craig Collison, our new pastor… and to Father Brian Feller, our new parochial vicar. We know that you will bring your particular gifts, enthusiasm, & new life to our parish family.
Blessings to you.
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