This past Sunday, our assistant pastor said goodbye to our parish after three years of faithful service to our parish community. As Father Swann Kim reflected on his time at St. Paul’s at the end of Mass (one year as a deacon and two years as a priest), he choked up in a touching and genuine display of emotion. On cue, many in the congregation (including this writer) had to wipe away tears as we listened to Fr. Swann speak about how we had all become his family and that he was sad to move on.
Fr. Swann won’t be too far as he takes up residence at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Port Coquitlam. As with many of the priests who have lived with and learned from Monsignor Luterbach, Fr. Swann will likely become a pastor somewhere in the not-so-distant future. Life at St. Paul Parish will go on, in large part to the strong leadership of Msgr. Luterbach and countless others in the parish community. As well, we are all excited as to what our new assistant pastor Father Rodney Nootebos will bring to our parish.