A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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Notes from Deacon Pareja
November 19, 2016
Thanksgiving week each year is one of my favorite weeks because everyone seems to put the hustle and bustle of their daily lives aside as they take time to reflect on all the things that they are thankful for in their lives. This year is no different for me. There are so many things for which I am thankful.
As many of you are aware, I recently accepted a new position as Executive Director of Catholic Charities. I will begin this journey on November 28. Ever since this news was announced, I have received so much positive feedback from friends, neighbors and even strangers. I am thankful to everyone who has reached out to me in a variety of different ways to provide encouragement and support. Several questions have been asked of me regarding this new opportunity that I would like to address. These particular questions have been asked by several people, so I thought I’d respond in case others have the same questions:
Does this new job mean that you’ll be leaving your current job (at CentraCare)?
Yes, this opportunity at Catholic Charities does mean that I’ll be leaving my role with CentraCare. It was a long discernment process because CentraCare is a tremendous organization that provides great care to those who need it, but I truly believe that God is calling me to serve His creations through the work that is being done at Catholic Charities. I find consolation in my departure from CentraCare because I know that the relationships that I have developed with friends and colleagues will remain intact as I begin this new journey.
Is the job at Catholic Charities a full-time job?
Yes…and then some! In 2015, Catholic Charities served over 72,000 people through their many programs available across the diocese. My role as Executive Director is to help lead the organization to expand and grow programs so even more people can be served. I am thankful for the hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers that do Catholic Charities’ great work on a daily basis. But it is because this is a full-time job that a departure from my current position was necessary.
Are you leaving St. Francis Xavier? No! I will continue in my role as a deacon at SFX. Frankly, any job that would require me to leave my active ministry as a deacon would likely be a deal-breaker. My Sacrament of Holy Orders is only second in priority to my Sacrament of Matrimony. God has called me to be a husband and father and He has called me to serve others. That’s who I am and that is what I do. I’ll continue to be a deacon here for the foreseeable future.
Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to reflect and give thanks to God for all that He has given us. I have plenty to be thankful for this year. I hope you do, too! As you gather around your Thanksgiving tables, please pause to truly give thanks. For anyone who is traveling, I pray that your trip is safe and uneventful. God’s Blessings to you and your families,