With the arrival of the Dominican student brothers this summer, I will be stepping down as the president of our Frassati Society. There have been many changes in St. Patrick’s young adult ministry during the past few years: Fr. Reginald assuming Fr. Michael’s role as chaplain, transitioning from a 20s Group to a Frassati Society and a new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry coming to the parish. It seemed prudent for me to serve as president through all of these changes, and now that things have settled down, it is a good time for others take over the Frassati Society.
Some of the student brothers who are coming for the summer have had plenty of experience with young adult ministry, and they will be in charge of Frassati for the summer. Br. Gabriel helped establish the D.C. Frassati Society, and Br. Edmund helps with the meetings at the Dominican House of Studies. Of course all of the student brothers are such joyful witnesses to the Faith, that I’m sure they will plan plenty of hikes, holy hours, book discussions and other activities to make this a fun and faith-filled summer for all of you.
I sincerely thank everyone who has helped with young adult ministry at St. Patrick’s. As with any type of service, there are certain crosses and certain joys. Thank you all for deepening my joys and alleviating the crosses. Thank you, Fr. Michael, for creating the 20s Group and always reminding us that “God wants you to be happy!”. Thank you, Fr. Reginald, for always patiently listening and offering advice, even when you don’t understand my random references to Disney’s Frozen. Last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who has volunteered on the 20s Group Core Team or who has helped plan events for the Frassati Society.
All questions about the future of Frassati can be directed to Patrick Reis or Fr. Reginald.
When I became president of the 20s Group, I finished my first official email with a quote by St. Thérèse of Lisieux. I thought it would be fitting to end my tenure as president of Frassati with the same quote:
“May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
May God bless and keep you,