Saying Farewell to Patti

By now, almost everyone in the parish has become aware of the news that Patti Pateros has resigned her position as Director of Community Life at Holy Comforter. She submitted her resignation to me on June 22, and her last day at the church will be Friday, July 6.

After some soul searching and discernment, Patti decided that it was time for her to explore new opportunities and directions. While it is not yet clear exactly what her new position will be, she is investigating a variety of options before making her final decision as to what will come next. Patti has requested that there be no formal celebration or even observance of her departure, such as a party: as a person who does not like to draw attention to herself, she simply wants to leave rather quietly and gently; and we will respect that wish. I am sure, however, that many will want to express their love and support to Patti in a variety of ways. Please see her column further back in this issue of The Dove for her own words of farewell.

We all know how vitally important Patti has been to the life and energy of Holy Comforter these past 12 years, and her departure will result in some changes around here. She has served with astonishing competence, commitment, and creativity in every area to which she has been connected, and has filled in gaps of all kinds over the years. Patti has been integrally involved in communications, fellowship, outreach, youth ministry, and a host of other areas, many of them invisible to the vast majority of the congregation. She will be deeply and sorely missed by so many of us, even as we are profoundly grateful for all she has given and been to the Holy Comforter family.

The Wardens, Chancellor, and I have already been in extended contact about steps that need to be taken both for short-term concerns and for longer-term issues and challenges, and more information on these decisions will be shared as they develop, in conversation with the Vestry and other parish leaders. In the meantime, however, please feel free to contact Bob Patin, Eric Beatty or me if you have any questions or concerns. And also ponder how you might offer your gifts and energy in new ways as we traverse the territory ahead.

I know I speak for all in the parish when I say that we wish Patti every possible blessing and joy in the next chapter of her life, for she has been a blessing to this parish for many years. Please keep her in your hearts and prayers; and may God watch over and walk with her, and all of us, now and always.

Faithfully,
Fr. Jason Parkin