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My friend Msgr. Michael Hardiman from the Diocese of Brooklyn is moving to a new assignment, to pastor another parish, and he posted this message today on Facebook, from his parish bulletin.
You probably don’t know Msgr. Hardiman, but you probably know priests like him. This is a lovely summation of what it means to be a parish priest.
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When I was ordained a deacon and sent to St. Pius V in South Jamaica, Queens it was common practice to be addressed as “Deacon FirstName”; when I was ordained a priest one year later, I continued to be “Father Michael.” When I went into the Education Office I adopted the more formal “Father LastName.”
One of the teachers at St. Pius, Patricia “Patty” Slattery (First Grade), who went home to God last year, wrote the following as I was honored by the school many years later.
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“Let me begin by explaining that as I refer to Father Hardiman as Michael I mean no disrespect. Many of us know him as Michael. He frequently introduces himself by saying: ‘Hi, I’m Michael Hardiman.’ Even the children of St. Pius refer to him as Father Michael.
The first time I met Michael I was waiting to sign my contract at St. Pius. He was in the school office...
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