My beloved in Christ, you may know that I will be lying low for about the next month following heart surgery on Thursday. I am appreciative beyond words for all the expressions of prayer and support that I have received. I feel surrounded by love.
As you are aware, the central passion of my episcopacy has been and will remain the reinvigoration of missional life in the Diocese of Springfield. To that end, I heartily commend to you this article regarding the ministry of Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. His vision of making contact with people where they are and at the level of their needs has been a critical piece of our emerging vision for mission strategy. Please read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest this article. Then ask yourself, In our context, what would it look like to become concretely incarnate in this way?