Padre Pio Glenmore Park

Farewell to Fr Robert Riedling

25/09/2015

Farewell to Fr Robert Riedling

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The announcement that Fr Robert was leaving us in Glenmore Park Parish was both sad and happy news. Parishioners are sorry to be losing him as a good spiritual leader and pastor but recognise that it was time for him to pursue his interest in further Theological studies in Durham, North England for the next four years.

Fr Robert brought to Padre Pio Parish stability and direction during his three years in Glenmore Park. The Parish Pastoral Council was reformed and under his guidance began the implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral plan. He delivered thought provoking homilies and in his strong but gentle way brought healing to this catholic community.

Fr Robert listened to parishioners and instigated new activities. He provided spiritual guidance, Mass and Reconciliation opportunities to schools nearby including Bethany Primary School, Caroline Chisholm College and St Dominic’s College Kingswood.

More than 500 people attended Fr Robert’s farewell Mass on 30 August when Fr Robert welcomed Fr Chris to our parish as the new Pastor for our Catholic Community. Following the Mass was a morning tea in Bethany Hall at which Mary Kelly, new chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, offered a big vote of thanks on behalf of the parishioners. 

In praise of Fr Robert, Mary said ‘With unending patience and a quiet, sure approach to everything, Robert drew us together, helped us to heal and brought us to the place we are today. He saw what was strong and good in us, he acknowledged the past and he helped us envision a future.’  Fr Robert then took the opportunity to express his appreciation to the staff, many volunteers and to the parish leaders who gave so generously of their time and support during his time as parish priest at Padre Pio. Most especially he thanked Patricia Kelly the parish secretary for her excellent work, her support of him and real dedication to the parish.

Fr Robert promised to stay connected with his new found friends and to return to the Parramatta Diocese once he finished his four years of study.

Thank you Fr Robert from a grateful parish!

 

View photos of the Farewell Mass here 

 

 


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