“Thank you most warmly for your support for Father Ray. As you know, he’s been serving as Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish since April and I know he has made great inroads into your hearts and into the life of this parish. And thank you, Fr. Ray, for your readiness to serve the Church and for bringing to this pastoral assignment the heart of a pastor coupled with love and respect for the poor, the vulnerable, and those who suffer from indifference, neglect, prejudice and bigotry –especially in your longstanding work with Catholic Charities of Baltimore.
“It is not my intention to belabor the job description of a pastor. While the Church offers plenty of guidance on the topic, it is just as difficult to define what it means to be a good pastor as is it is to define what makes for a happy and fruitful marriage. The key ingredients for both, of course, are a warm and open faith together with self-giving love –modeled on and sharing in the Lord’s own self-giving love.”
Read the complete homily HERE.