Congratulations to Fr Paul who, at the recent Augustinian General Chapter in Rome was elected as Assistant General on the Augustinian Council.
This means that he will assume responsibility for the affairs of all the Augustinian Communities in Northern Europe, including the Provinces of Ireland, England & Scotland, Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovakia.
Unfortunately, this new role does mean that he will need to relocate to Rome, and will therefore no longer be able to act as Parish Priest in Broomhouse. His final Sunday Mass at St Joseph's will be on Sunday 3rd November.
Fr Paul writes:
"My new job as one of six assistants to the Prior General, Fr Alejandro, requires me to live in Rome for the next six years, starting in November.
“The good thing is that St Joseph’s is in my new ‘parish’, which includes Britain, Ireland and much of northern Europe, with about 240 Augustinians as my ‘parishioners’. So I hope to be back for the [anniversary] celebrations next year, representing the Prior General.
Next month, I’ll be away for two weekends, in London, then in Poland, on Sundays 20 and 27 October; and Sunday 3 November will be my last one in St Joseph’s.
“I fully intended being with you for longer when I came here in October 2017, given the number of parish priests in quick succession since Fr John left, but God had other plans. It’s just as well I’m going before I move any more statues or shift any more seats in the church! The planning for renovating the church and the other events of the anniversary year will continue, and I look forward to seeing a freshly painted church next year.
You will be in good hands with Frs Ian and Sean.”
This of course is a great privilege both for Fr Paul and for the Province, and we offer our prayers for his new role. Thank you Fr Paul for all you have done for us as Parish Priest. And remember the sign above our door:
"You're a stranger here, but once!"