St. Mary’s Pastor Update

Many in our parish community have asked: “Why it is taking so long to assign a new pastor to St. Mary’s”? The Diocesan Priest Personnel Board is working diligently to find the right priest that will be able to shepherd our parish spiritually and support our continued healing. The position of pastor has been posted, allowing for application from interested priests. The board interviews each prospect after all applications are received and submits a formal recommendation to the Bishop for his final approval.

I would like to ask all parishioners of St. Mary’s to pray a “Prayer for a Pastor” each day. Pray that the Lord will send us a priest and pastor that personifies the virtues in this prayer.


So, let us pray…



Prayer for a Pastor


Heavenly Father, we join together in prayer; our parish has been through so much. We find ourselves, once again, without an earthly shepherd to lead this flock. Shower us with your Divine Mercy. In the model of some of your most faithful and fearless priests: We humbly ask that our new pastor be a good man, a holy man, and a faithful priest; that he have a great love for You Father, and Your Holy Church; that he gain a genuine love for those whom he will shepherd. Send us a priest with a true pastoral heart; may he be faithful to the teachings of the Church; may he be faithful to and show reverence to the Sacred liturgy, the Holy Scriptures, our Sacred Tradition and the Sacraments; that he show sincere love and reverence of the Holy Eucharist. Lord, may the priest you select have no fear of preaching truth. May he be a humble and faithful servant. 

 Queen Mary of the Assumption, our parish is under your patronage. We implore your intercession regarding the selection of a pastor to shepherd this flock.