The warm days of summer are upon us! In the life of the Church, this is typically a time when priests in new assignments transition from one parish
to another. Priests in these situations always experience a wide gamut of emotions. There is the sadness that inevitably comes from leaving the familiarity of one faith-filled community and all the friendships that
developed over the years. There is an uncertainty that comes with not
knowing what the new parish will be like. Finally, there is the physical
exertion and fatigue that comes with simply packing up and moving.
For myself, this is also a time of transition. On August 8th I will celebrate my 75th birthday and, as required by church law, will submit my letter of retirement to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 15 years I have spent as your Bishop. In particular, I have been so blessed with the many ways you have all worked with me to build up the Catholic Church in Idaho. I have no doubt our new bishop, whose name and time of appointment is still unknown, will find a diocese that is strong and vibrant. Let us use these summer months, to pray for all our priests who are experiencing transitions in their lives. In particular, we pray that the Holy Spirit guide the discernment and selection of the next Bishop of Idaho and grant him the gifts needed to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, MSW, DD
Bishop of Idaho