but not to the Eastside, back to the Westside.
I informed the Cathedral staff this morning of my request to change residences, which has been approved by Archbishop Pilarczyk.
As of August 1, 2009, I will be in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Cincinnati's Westwood neighborhood. It is actually the neighboring parish to where I was first stationed when ordained 5 years ago, so I know the area well.
Why leave the plush confines of the Mother Church of the Archdiocese? Frankly, I miss parish ministry. (At this point, all the priest/pastors are screaming: 'WHAT?!?!') While the Cathedral is very comfortable, it is also very quiet. I miss having the 'people in the pews' around to chat, share and form.
I am very grateful for the three years I spent at the Cathedral, but am looking forward to being connected again with a parish.