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My first experience as a duly installed parish pastor was thrilling. There are those special moments in ministry when time seems to stand still for the celebration of that unique bonding between pastor and people. The music was magnificent; relatives, guests, mentors, and colleagues smiled with pride and delight as I processed with the choir and judicatory representatives. For a little while, that gathered congregation of immigrant stock, farmers and settlers, commuters and local small business people was transformed into a band of faithful pilgrims, who had served their community since 1811.
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