Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm so glad we had this time together...

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.


  1. Fr. Jack,
    I wish you well. I have admired your virtue for a long time. You are a good priest who will help many souls. Oremus ad invicem!

  2. God bless you, Father. Thank you for your honesty. It has done many of us much good.

  3. Thank you Fr Jack - for telling us who you are, and for sharing your journey. You have restored some of my trust and hope, though I admit I was among those who wondered if you were 'for real' before. I guess because after Maciel, I don't trust people at their word. Thank you for Standing up and standing behind your word. God Bless you. Let the healing continue and let God be glorified.

  4. Thanks Father Jack. It has been good knowing you and sharing this time of healing together.

    You sound as if much healing has taken place and you are truly moving on new.

    Please remember us before Jesus at the Altar and we will remember you!

    With prayers,
    Gene and Jennifer B.

  5. Hey, Fr Jack! I was wondering how you were doing. I'm in the same boat as you are, joining a diocese. I read a few of your posts without knowing it was you...

    I fully sympathize with your decision to stay in Brazil; I also have ended up in the geographical region where I worked for 9 years as a Legionary (New York), instead of my home diocese. I also love Brazil and can sympathize on that level! Maybe I can go visit you sometime...

    Do you remember Dorothy, who was at our ordination? She has terminal cancer, so please keep her in your prayers. She'd love to hear from you, and will understand your decision, as she has mine.

    If you are on Skype or Gmail, let me know. I'd really like chat with you to share experiences of beginning diocesan life.

    God bless!
    Fr Matthew G.

  6. Welcome back to the real Church and the real world. Please do not forget those still entrapped. All the best.

  7. freefromrcandhealingSeptember 1, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Hello Fr. Jack,

    I was overjoyed to read your post. I am so happy for you. You have been a real blessing - and reading your posts have been a source of comfort. May God richly bless you in your new ministry. I have no doubt you will bear much fruit. Please keep us all in your prayers. May you always have a special closeness with Our Lady, and may the Holy Ghost always enlighten you. ^j^ ^j^ ^j^
    angels all around :-)

  8. thank you Father I am your new twitter friend :-)

    This has been an extremely uplifting blog to follow. It was like witnessing a butterfly leave the cocoon. From the unsure darkness in the beginning to the joy in your words and freedom in your life today-God is GOOD! May God Bless you and May our Blessed Mother guide you always.

  9. Thank you Father. Your honesty and true sharing of your pain has helped me tremendously. God Bless you on your next step in your journey!

  10. Father, it's so good to know who you are!

    I am so pleased things are moving in the right direction for you. May God bless you in all you work in Brazil and anywhere else he may lead you!

    Thank you for being the LC who best articulated his distress with the LC situation. For some of us lonely sufferers, it was a great help and validation to know we were not alone in our sorrow, grief, and disillusionment. I needed to hear your story, and to see you persevere in truth and faith towards this outcome. You have been a fine example for me and I'm sure others as well.

    God bless you!!

  11. thankyou for sharing your journey... I´ll keep you in my prayers!
    Enjoy your priesthood!!!

  12. Fr. Jack:

    I have been away visiting my grandchildren and am glad to log in and see that you are settling into parish life. I still hope that you will give the Delegate information that could be valuable for him, as there are so many examples of smoke and mirrors within the LC. Your experiences can help those who remain.

    May this new chapter of your priestly life bring you abundant blessings and eternal rewards!

    ATL Granny

  13. The lc's still have not sent the letter? Sounds like petty harassment to me. Anything to discourage others from leaving.

  14. Dear Fr. Jack-- Have you received your letter yet? Can you appeal directly to the delegate, or must you wait on your immediate superiors?

    You and your family are still in my prayers! :)

  15. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'll keep you in my prayers as you make the transition!

  16. Fr. Jack,

    Thank you for encluding us on your journey. Brazil is luck to have you!

    I will continue to pray for you.
    Sr. Kasandra


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