Monday, April 26, 2010

Congratulations, Fr. Patrick McCormick!

We congratulate Fr. Patrick McCormick on his retirement from military post as chaplain!

Looking back, which is about 6-7 years ago, I have had the occasion of working with him: I set up Masses for many homeschooled families, military and civilian, and he presided them. Those went on for several years and were held at either the Pearl Harbor or Kaneohe Base chapel.

He was a joy to work with as he was patient, respectful and friendly in the way he communicated with me. Being a civilian, I did encounter problems relating to base accessibility but I continued the ministry because Fr. McCormick was determined to be present to the families, especially to the children. He loved being with the homeschoolers. He made an effort to teach and encourage them to excel in their studies and spiritual life; he challenged them to become saints. Because of his gift of being able to make people feel comfortable, loved and accepted, we – parents and children – didn’t find it hard to see Jesus in him and to work a bit harder to grow in our love of God.

The homeschoolers were blessed to have had the opportunity to become a part of this priest’s ministry and life! Fr. Patrick McCormick, we are proud of you!

Have a great vacation in Alaska and the mainland, and a time of wonderful growth and rejuvenation in Rome. We hope to see you soon!