Around the Province
As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving, we recall to mind those people for whom we are grateful. Last week, a group of people gathered together and showed their appreciation for Fr. Jim Walther, OMV. This outgoing and much-loved pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, IL and the newly-elected provincial of the OMVs U.S. Province, Fr. Jim was recognized for his long and fruitful work at St. Mary’s. The recognition was organized by a close group of friends, including the local Knights of Columbus and Brant Walker, mayor of the City of Alton.
The introductory text has a dash of humor. ”Whereas, Father Jim Walther is a native of Michigan and is an avid Wolverine fan, and…..” begins the first sentence of the proclamation. But then the proclamation takes on a more serious (and more heartfelt tone). “Whereas, Father Jim Walther oversaw the growth of the parish, the school and Oktoberfest; and whereas, Father Jim Walther has faithfully served the people of Alton with dignity, grace, and humor for sixteen years….” the text continues.
The proclamation concludes with a declaration of “Fr. Jim Walther Day,” complete with the signature of the mayor of Alton and the official seal of the city.
Both humor and gratitude were part of this evening of recognition, and we congratulate Fr. Jim on this wonderful acknowledgement of his long and fruitful ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, IL.
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New Audio Books from Crossroad
Discerning the Will of God
Now Available for Purchase: Crossroad, 2015
Looking forward to reading the books of Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV, but not finding the time to do so? Wondering how you could be a little more productive during that long commute to work? No worries — now two of Fr. Tim’s most popular titles (with more on the way) are available as audio books on CD! “The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living” is Fr. Tim’s first book and is read by Fr. Dan Barron, OMV. It comes on eight CDs and lasts for nine hours, covering the text of the entire book. “Discerning the Will of God: An Ignatian Guide to Christian Decision Making” helps you to make spiritual sense of your major life decisions. This book is read by Fr. John Wykes, OMV. It comes on five CDs and lasts for just under five hours, covering the text of the entire book.