Around this time of year, many parishioners start asking me, “Are we getting a deacon?”  For those of you who’ve been around the parish for awhile, you know that spring is the season when assignments start being released for Holy Cross religious.  Well, I’m very happy to report that we will, in fact, be assigned a new deacon in July!  His name is Gilbrian (Gil) Stoy, and he’s a Minnesota native who has just completed his theological studies and will take his final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in September.  He’ll be ordained a deacon at that time, as well, and then he’ll been ordained a priest next April.  Deacon-to-be Gil will move into the parish in July, and I’ll be able to introduce him to you formally at that time.  His assignment here is a real compliment to all of you, our parishioners.  Christ the King has proved to be a great place for deacons to learn the ropes (as I did here in 2007), and that’s a real testament to our parishioners.

But, as those of you who’ve been around awhile also know, when someone new is assigned here, someone else usually moves on.  After 5½ years here at Christ the King, Fr. Michael Belinsky will leave us this summer to begin a new position as Parochial Vicar at Holy Redeemer Parish in Portland, Oregon.  Fr. Michael’s last weekend with us will be June 29th and 30th, and so all of you will have a chance to say goodbye and wish him well in his new assignment.  We are so grateful for all that he has contributed to our parish over these last several years.

Please join me in praying for Deacon-to-be Gil and Fr. Michael during their times of transition.