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Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Henry Stephan

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Stephan At St. Gertrude’s, the sadness of parting is always accompanied by the joy of arrival. This summer we welcome Henry Stephan, O.P., who will be ordained on May 19, 2018, as our new parochial vicar. Soon-to-be Fr. Henry is a native of Orange County, California, and studied at Princeton University before entering the Dominicans in 2011. He will be preaching at all the Masses this Palm Sunday weekend, so be sure to stop by and greet him after Mass.

A Note from Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

“Behold,” Christ says in the Book of Revelation, “I make all things new.” When I arrived at St. Gertrude’s in July 2015 as a freshly ordained priest, I found myself face-to-face with the beautiful and challenging newness of Christ in everything I did: new names, new faces, new stories to learn, new ministries to enter into, new friendships, new ways of being transformed by love. Over these last three years, each of you has contributed to the way Christ has chosen to make me new, and he has given me the astonishing grace of participating in various ways in the glorious newness of love he has for each of you.

“Behold, I make all things new.” These years have been some of the happiest of my entire life, so of course I wish I could stay here forever. But Jesus has been calling me through obedience to something new, and I cannot push off that newness any longer.

This fall, I will be starting a doctoral program studying the history of the theology of beauty, with the intention of becoming a professor once those studies are done. As hard as it is to imag- ine being away from St. Gertrude’s, I believe that Christ will use the newness of life that I have found here to create something beautifully new again.

These years at St. Gertrude’s have been a time of limitless grace for me because they have been a time of limitless love. I will never be able to repay you for the gifts of love that you have given me. But because your love has made me new in Christ, wherever I go from here, I go as the priest that St. Gertrude’s has made me.

“Behold, I make all things new.” By the love God has given us, may we always have the courage and the freedom to be made new. ― Fr. Gabriel, O.P.