My Dear St. Frances Cabrini Community,
When Bishop Cantu asked me to become pastor of St. Frances Cabrini last year, I was excited to go back to parish ministry, in addition to my work as chaplain of St. Francis High School and the bishop’s Vicar for Priests.
I was also excited to work with Fr. James Okafor and Fr. Vincent Dang. I could not ask for a better team to minister with, responding to the pastoral needs of our parish and school.
However, since the recent death of my mother, the health issues affecting my sister and myself, coupled with the continuing effects of the pandemic, it has become evident to me that I am not able to continue to function as pastor in a way that is best for the Parish and the School.
St. Frances Cabrini deserves and needs a central leader who can dedicate his time without the burden of worrying about his health. For this reason, I have asked Bishop Cantu to give me permission to resign from the office of pastor of St. Frances Cabrini effective February 28, 2022. Bishop Cantu has graciously accepted my resignation and has appointed Fr. James Okafor as the parish administrator effective March 1, 2022 until a new pastor is chosen.
With Fr. James’ consent, I shall continue to reside at the rectory of St. Frances until other provisions are made. I shall be available to help Fr. James and Fr. Vincent with sacramental ministry.
I wish to assure you of my prayers for all of you that you continue to grow in your love for God and in discipleship in the Church. May God bless you abundantly especially during this time of the pandemic.
I ask that you please continue to pray for my sister and me as we deal with our health. Please also pray for Fr. James and Fr. Vincent as they continue to minister here to the best of their ability.
May we all grow in God’s grace as we pray for our Community so that we may continue to serve God and one another.
God Bless, Fr. Tony Mancuso