Sunday, August 08, 2010

A New Assignment: Honduras

As of August 10th, 2010, I will be transferred down to Honduras. Here is a little blurb I wrote up for the parish bulletin that explains the situation. Names have been removed for privacy sake.


Dear brothers and sisters,

When my provincial asked me this summer to consider an immediate transfer to Honduras, my heart sank. I asked myself: who would want to give up the fraternal support of Fr. X and Br. Y and the warmth and vibrancy of the people of St. Z? And yet as I began praying over this decision I remembered, from when I first started discerning a call to religious life, how much I wanted to be generous in my response to God’s love and to let Him do with me as He wills. In 2008, the last time I was in our missions in Central America, my prayer as to whether I was to come to the missions after seminary was answered with what I discerned to be God’s reply of “not yet”. I asked what I was to do in the interim and was shown that God had growth in a particular area in mind for me. So my discernment in response to my provincial’s proposal was not a matter of asking God “if” He was asking me to go, but rather “when”. My own plans were that I spend three to five years in the US as a priest before going to the missions, and I had hoped that I could stay here for that. Yet as I prayed over the decision for a few days, I noticed that God was reminding me of the generosity to which He was calling me and showing me that the area of growth He wanted from me was near completion. So, fully aware of my limitations, but with trust in God, I answered “yes”.

At the same time I realized the answer, I became acutely aware that by placing more trust in God and being more generous in my response to God’s will, I would be, in fact, asking Fr. X, Br. Y and the entire community at St. Z to place more trust in God and to be more generous to God in their response to His love, to dedicate themselves more to the Lord’s work for His people, the Church. Though I do not leave easily, I can only hope that the void left will inspire others to lend a hand to help the parish fulfill its God given mission of evangelizing the families of D... . I also hope that some of our youth may discern God calling them to the consecrated religious life and some of the young men to priesthood.

I thank you for opening your hearts and home to me and for your well wishes and prayers. Please know that I will also be praying for you and offering the sacrifices of mission work for you and your families. ... God bless you all.

Peace and Good,

Fr. Chris Gaffrey, OFM


Lipstick Lisa said...

Good luck and God bless on your journey. This post is a few months old, so I hope all is well. If you ever make it to Colorado, you are more than welcome to visit our church!

Fr. Christopher Gaffrey, ofm said...

Thanks, Lisa. It's only been six months down here and already I've been asked to come back to the US due to shortage of priests up there. However, my time here has been a blessing. when I come back I'll have more time to write about my experiences.

James To The Max said...

I love the title "An Ambassador for Christ"
I would love to connect with you sometime!