Thank You & Farewell Message from Fr. Michael Caruso
Dear Fr. Peter, Fr. Matt, Staff, and Parishioners of St. Clement, PC!
On Saturday, June 5th, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus, I was able to spend my Jack Benny ordination anniversary by celebrating Mass at St. Clement. As I told the congregation that evening, I am heading to Saint Louis University to be a professor in the School of Education, where I will be working with the Catholic School Administration Program and Doctoral students. I am looking forward to this new chapter of my life.
I am most grateful to all of you for the opportunity to be a part of the St. Clement community. Fr. Ken Simpson invited me to be on the rotation schedule soon after my arrival in Chicago. I have mentioned to some of you that when I was a seminarian at Saint Mary of the Lake, I completed a hospital chaplaincy program known as Clinical Pastoral Education [CPE] at Children’s Memorial and Grant Hospital, and I lived at St. Clement when Fr. Fahey was pastor with associates, Fr. Tom Nangle and Fr. Bill Carroll; it was an enjoyable experience. Fr. Fahey invited me back after being ordained a deacon, to preach at Masses and to assist with baptisms now and then. St. Clement will always have a special place in my heart.
During my 10 years at Saint Ignatius College Prep, I enjoyed getting to know all of you better and to celebrate our faith. Having lived coast to coast, it is hard to imagine a parish with better music and such active participation in the liturgy. You are a welcoming community and it was always a joy to enter the beautiful church, which by the way was modeled on the New Cathedral of St. Louis, which is just a mile east from where I will be living on the same street. That green tile dome in St. Louis will always be a welcome reminder of the green dome at Orchard and Deming. God bless all of you and thank you for your kindness and friendship over this past several years. Let us remember each other in prayer.
My permanent email is email@example.com
Fr. Michael Caruso, SJ