Dear Parish Family,
It is with sadness mixed with joy that I write to you. When more than three years ago Cardinal Sean assigned me to IC as parochial vicar, I really felt like the luckiest priest on earth. IC has been my home since I came to the USA in 2007. I was here as a seminarian, as a deacon, and even as a priest. I always felt welcome by everyone and, I hope, the feeling was reciprocal. I know that I have not been perfect in these years, yet, I always had the right intention, always feeling part of this caravan headed toward Eternal Life.
Today, I announce to you that Cardinal Sean has asked me to accompany “another caravan”. I was appointed as Administrator of St. Joseph in Lynn, starting on June 1st. It’s very hard for me to leave a place I call home, people I consider family, and a great staff that works well together. Nevertheless, we are pilgrims on this earth, and, ultimately, we shall all meet at the very same destination. I am consoled by the fact that St. Joseph is a great parish as well, very active, and I am joyfully taking on this new mission.
I just ask you one thing: to accompany me with your prayers. I know that my family back in Italy has accompanied me in these years at IC. Even though they are far away, they always felt close. I ask you to do the same and accompany me in this new mission with your prayers. I really need your help. On my part, I promise to keep you always in my prayers.
On May 19th I will celebrate my last “official” masses here at IC. I will celebrate the 9 am in English and the 12:30 pm in Spanish. Both masses will be followed by a Parish event next to the Lower School. I hope you can join me in giving thanks to God and to you for these years of grace and mercy that the Lord has granted me.
Father Steven Clemence