It is with sadness that we must inform you of the death of Father David's mother, Carol Pearson. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 30, at St Andrew's in Valpo from 4-7 PM. Funeral Mass, followed by internment, will also be at St Andrew's, on Saturday, August 1, at 10 AM.
Effective July 5, both Sunday and Wednesday will have a Deacon's Mass using pre-sanctified sacraments, celebrated by Rev David Pearson. As such, the service order will change slightly.
The full Rite I Eucharist Mass will start July 26 following David's Ordination on July 23 at St. Andrews Valparaiso.
The vestry is thrilled to announce the hiring of a new priest for St Francis! His name is David Pearson, and he and his wife Jen will be arriving around July 1. He is fresh from Nashotah House seminary, and will be ordained later in July. The Pearsons are originally from the area (David was once a steel worker at US Steel) and are excited to be returning to Northwest Indiana and serving at St Francis. They'll be living at the rectory, beginning in August. David will be our full-time priest -- we won't be sharing him with any other parishes, which is a very exciting prospect! Jen is a physical therapist and will be working in the area, but she is looking forward to being very active in parish life.
There will be a short gap of perhaps 5 Sundays between Father Thomas's departure and David's arrival, during which time we will have supply priests (and perhaps a Morning Prayer service or two). We are confident that this will be a smooth transition and we look forward to welcoming the Pearsons to our St Francis family!