(I am reading the following statement at all Masses in Piqua this weekend.)
As I described in the bulletin two months ago, pastors are routinely assigned for six-year terms, and when those terms end, they can be given new assignments, or else appointed for a second term.
My term as your pastor is coming due June 30 and thus Archbishop Schnurr faced a decision about either re-appointing me or giving me a new assignment.
After discussing the matter with the Archbishop, and Bishop Binzer, and giving consideration to the needs of the parishes, the Archbishop believes that I have done all I can do for the parishes in Piqua. I will be given a new assignment come July 1 but I don’t know yet what that will be. A new pastor will be sent here for both parishes. New pastors are usually announced in March or April.
In March, Bishop Binzer will come to Piqua and meet with the pastoral councils, the finance councils, the school board, and anyone else who wishes to participate, in order to explain how a new pastor is chosen and how this fits in with the needs of parishes in the area.
I have been honored to be your pastor.