My Dear Friends in Christ,
Hello! I guess that's the best way to begin my new relationship with you as your pastor. I'm not sure what else to say at this point and time because I know that as the months fly by we will all get to know each other more and more. I do have to say that I am excited and happy, and a little nervous, to be moving to Oshkosh to serve you and guide you as your pastor.
Just a few things about me so as not to be a total stranger. I was born and raised up in Door County, just north of Sturgeon Bay. I am the youngest of 3 boys. I went to college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where I also attended St. John Vianney College Seminary. Upon graduating from there with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, I then attended St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL. Through the grace of God I made it through four years of Theology and was ordained a priest on May 17, 1997.
As a newly ordained priest I was assigned to Holy Innocents Parish in Manitowoc. I was there for 3 ½ years when the Diocese asked me to become the pastor of five parishes in Northern Door County. So for 4 ½ years I served the local people as well as the tourists in Door County. Boy did I put a lot of miles on my car in those years. The Diocese then asked me to be pastor of Holy Family Parish in Brillion. I guess you could say it was a downsizing for me to go from five churches down to one; and my car was very happy. Now after being at Holy Family for 5 ½ years I have been asked to be your pastor. Looking back I'm amazed at how I've done everything in half years.
I've always believed that the Holy Spirit is in control of where I am supposed to be on life's journey. Only with time will we see what the Holy Spirit has planned for us as a parish. So please pray for me that I may be a devout and holy pastor and please know that I will pray for you. And as time moves on we will all get to know each other better.
In Christ's Peace,
Fr. Matt Simonar