The time has come for me to sign off from this blog. As I have written in my profile, the object of this blog was to chronicle my journey from the Legion to the life of a diocesan priest. I promised that once I was situated in a parish I would reveal my identity and sign off. That time has come.
As you can see, I haven't posted to this blog for some time, not for lack of time, but for lack of anything interesting to write about. What's more, it seems to me that the reason for this blog has been to log my journey out of the legion and into diocesan life.
It is true that while I was still in the legion the blog was a useful tool for me to cope with some of the things that were going on. Now I have other outlets: two good priests I am currently living with, the company of parishioners, a chance to minister to them on a regular basis. The isolated life I was leading before is over with. Now I have people to speak to, and to speak to honestly and openly.
The process of dispensation from the Evangelical Counsels and incardination into my new diocese continues, and will probably take some time. That does not in any way deter me from my present work, nor does it give me any reason for unrest. I have put my life and my ministry in the hands of Our Lady, Mother of Priests. After all, the height of my transition took place during the year for priests, and Our Lady was present in a very special way during this time.
I am grateful to all those who have visited and commented on this blog. God only knows the fruits this personal journey has had on the lives of others.
===== UPDATE =====
My status is the following. There are actually two things that I need to discuss: Where my Bishop will place me and the Canonical Process of being dispensed from the Evangelical Counsels and being incardinated into the Archdiocese of Brasília.
Bishop João had his meeting with his Council yesterday and they discussed the founding of five new parishes. He will make various changes in December and January, and will only announce these changes after he has had the chance to speak to the priests he intends to move personally. My placement in another parish will be announced and take place at that time. In the mean time I will remain in St Pio Parish as an assistant pastor.
In as much as the Canonical Process, Everything is hinging on the Legion. Bishop João is still waiting for the LC's to send him a letter. Only then can he write a letter stating he has accepted me into the Archdiocese. I need his letter in order to send my letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking for the dispensation from the vows. Once the letter comes from the LC's the rest should flow. How long it will take to get a response from the Vatican I do not know.
===== UPDATE 9/23/2010 =====
The Archbishop of Brasília, João Braz de Aviz, has received the letter the Legionaries of Christ were committed to sending. I am now awaiting his return from a trip to the south of Brazil to contact him and ask him to write a letter stating he has accepted me in the Archdiocese. I will send this letter, along with my own letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking to be dispensed from the religious vows in the Legion.
===== UPDATE 11/8/2010 =====
Today I met with Archbishop João Braz de Aviz. He revealed to me the parish I will be assigned to. This change will take place in February of 2011. For the time being I must keep this assignment secret. I am very thankful to Archbishop João for his confidence and his open arms in accepting me into his diocese.