We congratulate Msgr. John Sandersfeld on celebrating 50 years of priesthood and wish him continued joy and happiness in his ministry, ad multos annos. We recognize him as being the founding father of this parish named for the beloved St. Francis of Assisi. We continue the work that he has begun. May the Lord continue to prosper the work of our hands.
We also congratulate Sunny Offorjebe of the Igbo community, and of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, who was ordained Deacon in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph by Bishop McGrath on Saturday, May 14. Deacon Sunny spent seven years in preparation for this day. He assisted in his first Mass as a Deacon on the Feast of Pentecost in a moving multicultural celebration in the 5:00 PM Mass. The whole community continued the celebration in the hall after the Mass where all enjoyed ethnic food and hospitality. Deacon Sunny will do his liturgical ministry here at St. Francis of Assisi and his service ministry with the Igbo and African community locally. We wish him much success. Sabina Offorjebe ministers as a lector in St. Francis of Assisi parish.