With joy and sadness I write you these few lines. It has been a rewarding experience to live at St. Louis Church while I worked on my doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 I asked the bishop if I could live in a parish in Austin and offer my services as a priest. He assigned me to St. Louis! Both pastors, Fr. Larry and Fr. James, welcomed me and it has been a joy to be a part of the many Masses and other activities in the parish. I often wish I could do more, but working on my doctorate in sociology has been full time work. I thank you for your kindness and love over these years. This semester I obtained my doctorate in sociology and I will move to my monastery in Schuyler, Nebraska on December 15. I will stay there for three or four months before moving to my assignment at our monastery in El Rosal, Colombia. I hope to do pastoral work at the monastery and to teach at a university in Bogota. At the least, I like sending Christmas cards, so feel free to give me your address. In the meantime, I pray that you may continue to build up St. Louis Church, which would be the greatest gift I could receive. Let us pray for each other and know that our desire to serve God is our common mission.
Peace in Christ, Fr. Paul Kasun, OSB, PhD.
There will be a farewell reception on Sunday, December 13th, from 8:30-10:00 a.m., following the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Please join us in the Parish Activity Center, to bid Fr. Paul goodbye at that time and thank him for his service!