Friday, 03 June 2011 09:05
Fathers Wayne Schmid and Thomas Stroot will retire on June 20, although Fr. Stroot will be an administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Frontenac.
Father Stroot said his ministry with the people of the diocese has been rewarding and fulfilling.
“As a priest I have had the privilege of sharing in many joyful events such as baptisms, First Eucharist, confirmation, weddings, graduations, etcetera,” he said. “And I also have had the privilege of sharing the pain and sorrow and help with healing and providing hope.”
The priesthood is a profound ministry and way of life, Fr. Stroot said.
“It is very humbling to realize that the Lord has chosen to work through me to touch the hearts and lives of so many people in my ministry and to appreciate that I have received as much or more than I have given.”
As for the newly ordained priests following in his footsteps, Fr. Stroot suggested that every morning they place themselves in a “posture of openness” inviting the Lord to work through us and also be open to the Lord as he works through others to touch our lives.
Two special assignments
Fr. Charles Seiwert has been released for five years to serve in the Diocese of Dodge City. He has been assigned by Bishop John Brungardt to St. Mary Parish, Garden City.
Fr. Dan Lorimer has been released for three years to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. Army.
He said he is grateful to Bishop Jackels for the opportunity to serve the brave men and women of the US Army.
“I will sincerely miss the parishioners of St. Paul’s, Lyons, Holy Name, Bushton and Holy Trinity, Little River who have been such an encouragement to my priesthood these last 4 years. I will also miss the great fraternity among my brother priests.
He asked for prayers as he prepares for his chaplaincy and for the continued prayers for Fr. Ned Blick, currently serving as a chaplain in Afghanistan.