I have a Basilian reasons to be sad, yet also to be grateful. Eighteen years ago, I stepped onto the St. John Fisher College campus and was welcomed into the Fisher family. The first person I encountered was a tall, friendly man who, I discovered, was the director of campus ministry, Father Paul English, CSB. The warmth of that welcome and my encounter of Christ during college led me to meet my husband, choose to become Catholic and work in church ministry today.
Five years ago, the same friendly face who welcomed me to Fisher also welcomed me into my current position at St. Kateri Parish in Irondequoit. Throughout my time at Saint Kateri, the Basilian charisms of evangelization and catechesis — lived out by the Basilian Fathers and embraced by the parish community — continue to permeate my ministry and provide hope for the growth of our church.
That is why, upon hearing the news that the Congregation of St. Basil, and our beloved pastor, Father English, would be leaving St. Kateri Parish at the end of this June, I was saddened. You see, it is the encounter with Christ, fostered by the Basilian Fathers, that is the foundation of who I am today as a lay ecclesial minister.
While I’m grieving the loss of the Basilian Fathers, I am eternally hopeful. I have faith that God will provide, and I will hold onto and embrace the model of ministry lived out by the Basilians. So, as I contemplate the many reasons I am not looking forward to our goodbye this June, I have a Basilian reasons to carry on the charisms entrusted to me and our parish community so that others may come to know and love and serve Christ.
Schott is the director of faith formation at St. Kateri Parish in Irondequoit.