It is with a sense of profound personal sadness I write to inform you that Father Bernard Kyara who has been in-residence at Saint Peter’s for the past 12 years, is being transferred by his religious superior who desires that he live, once again, among the priests and brothers of his community. He will be temporarily assigned to the order’s regional headquarters near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pending the release of a more permanent assignment. Father Bernard has not been based in his home country of Tanzania since his initial entry into the order and longs to return to Africa to be closer to his family. Father Bernard’s last day at Providence Hospital will be on November 5th and he will celebrate his last Mass at Saint Peter’s at 6:00 p.m. on All Saints’ Day, Thursday, November 1st.
I strongly encourage you to join our parish community in praying for Father Bernard as he moves on in his service of the Gospel. Please join us for Mass at 6:00 p.m. on November 1st and for the potluck that will follow. While Father Bernard probably would not ask for gifts given how lightly he travels, I’m sure he will welcome cards bearing your sentiments and enclosures that will help him with personal expenses not reimbursed by his order.
Father Bernard’s departure will be deeply felt by the many he has ministered to both at Providence Hospital and here at Saint Peter’s. I have been anointed four times – three by him and know personally of the power of his faith and prayer. We will miss him greatly!
The Very Rev’d Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F.