The Feast Day news for Pastor Byers – “God made you special”

God made you special rock

This was to be seen in the flower bed at the entrance of Prince of Peace Catholic Mission this past weekend. One recalls the saying of Jesus about even the likes of me crying out (Luke 19:37-40):

“Now as He was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He said in reply, ‘I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!’

On the one hand, just another stone, but, on the other hand, one that can cry out.

Mind you, this was just after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. On the feast itself I had been thinking, “What does the Lord have in mind for me this year?” I knew there was something, but what I had no idea. The Feast Days of the birth of John the Baptist (June 24) and the beheading of John the Baptist (August 29) and then the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (September 14) and of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15) have always been very significant days for me spiritually. Big things. Like receiving my vocation to the priesthood back in June of 1962 (2 and 1/2 years old) or Pontifical teaching appointments, or leaving for and arrival at various assignments.

I don’t think that the Bishop of the Diocese here knew this at all when he just assigned me as Pastor to the parish here on September 14, 2017, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I told everyone that this was a demotion from my status up to this time as Administrator for the Bishop, as I had joked that such a canonical situation surely had supplied me with plenipotentiary powers of the bishop, and now, as a canonical Pastor, was limited to the ecclesial powers envisioned by the mere law itself. Ha ha. But no, I am very happy to have a more ecclesially sanctioned and stable position from which a proper cura animarum might shine forth forthwith.

Behold, the letter. Be impressed. Our Bishop writes the best letters in the world.

george david byers pastor 1

george david byers pastor 2

“Life is changed, not ended!”

Actually, this did much good for my soul. I think some mental blocks about moving in to the rectory fully have been lifted. Getting organized well will be a boon for writing. Meanwhile, all goes on as before. Communion calls and nursing homes and hospices and far flung trips to hospitals. All in the beautiful beautiful beautiful mountains.

Oh, and, by the way, our Lord is also The Rock of our Salvation.


Filed under Father Byers Autobiography, Priesthood, Vocations

9 responses to “The Feast Day news for Pastor Byers – “God made you special”

  1. sanfelipe007

    Congratulations, Father! And welcome home.

  2. How wonderful. Lots of Fathering to do!

  3. elizdelphi

    Now we know that the bishop doesn’t intend to suppress your parish! You must have waited to tell us so you could tell your parish first at Sunday Mass! I have to admit, that while the letter is very excellent and delightful and edifying in content, it does read as though cribbed from some Vatican document about the ministry of parish priests. I wish someone would give me such a good set of orders about my Christian mission.

  4. I am very happy for you Father George. Now your flock can truly call you ‘Father.’ God bless.

    • Father George David Byers

      Well, before that too. Priesthood doesn’t depend on that. Father Gordon is also Father.

  5. You missed my point. Of course all good priests are Father, in many, many ways, but now the people of your parishes will have a permanent connection like we should all have with out dads. Like the rituals of past where men would acknowledge their sons as their own you are now officially the ‘pop’ at POP (Prince of Peace) and Holy redeemer. . In other words, you belong to them now!

  6. Donna Kaup

    How wonderful!

  7. Congratulations, Father! It is good that you are in stable and regular canonical situation there. I am sure the folks there at Holy Redeemer (the same name as the church which has been my home since about 1980), and the PoP Mission are indeed breathing a sigh of relief!

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