And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. - Jeremiah 3:15
Some might think that a priest's busiest day is Sunday, but they don't see the late night phone calls, hospital visits and members of the congregation who seem to have an endless list of needs. As we say farewell to Fr. Vincent Rubino and Fr. Michael Englert, we gaze back at seven years of memories and acknowledge the multitude of times they served all of us at St. Lucie. They did this eagerly and with passion whether addressing parishioners with a homily or counseling one-on-one.
Their priestly hands brought Jesus to us in the Eucharist and comfort to our hearts. They challenged us to deepen our individual spirituality, calmed our fears, nurtured us with wisdom, comforted our sorrows, and reminded us of Jesus’s unfailing love, forgiveness and his promise of everlasting life. They taught us with words and by example, leaving footprints on our hearts forever to change us for the better.
None of us wanted to see our beloved friars go. But like obeying Franciscans, they take up new challenges, address new congregations and feed knowledge and understanding to others in need. Despite our longing to keep them to ourselves we respond to our loving Father who knows what is best for all of us. We offer up our prayers of thanksgiving for two men who continue to shepherd and we wish them every goodness on their paths ahead.
What do we say to two outstanding Franciscans? There are no words to properly convey our thanks. But be assured that they know our hearts and prayers will be with them! God bless them both.
Annette M. De Luca
On behalf of St. Lucie Parishioners and Staff
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