September 22, 2020
As Father Larry Hehman announced over the past weekend, I have appointed him as the temporary sacramental minister for Pax Christi so that you can count on consistent priestly ministry during the time of Father Pat Stewart's illness. Per diocesan policy, the diocese pays the compensation for a sacramental minister after a priest has been on sick leave for more than a month.
Melissa Holland has also been temporarily appointed as Parish Life Director giving her the necessary authority to operate the parish from day to day without a pastor being on site. Since you already know both Father Larry and Melissa, and since they have both already worked with Father Pat, I trust this should go very smoothly.
Please know that I am praying with you for Father Pat's healing and prompt recovery; he misses you all.
Peace and all good,
Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv.
Bishop of Lexington