Farewell from Fr Constantine Osuchukwu
I arrived at St Paul’s as a single man and now after four years, a wife, a son, and innumerable beautiful memories, the time has come to leave for a new ministry at St Matthew’s Wendouree.
I would like to thank in this fifth “Thank You letter” my family: Faith, Obed, Matilda & all our extended family back home in Nigeria and around the world for your abiding and unconditional love, care, prayers and encouragement. You are my rock and without you life will never be the same. In thanking you I thank God who gave you to me as my family.
I would also like to thank you again my dear St Paul’s family for showing me that sometimes ‘water runs as thick as blood’. The waters of baptism have made us brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. How beautiful is our Christian faith! Thanks to Christ and the gift of faith I have come here from a very far away land and have found brothers and sisters. I will always remain indebted to you for all the opportunities that you gave me and the love that you showed me.
I want to publicly thank Bishop Garry for appointing me as your parish priest; our associate clergy: Frs. Geoffrey, Ellis, and Malcolm; the parish secretaries, wardens and parish councillors who have worked with and assisted me; and all those who collaborated with me in the various pastoral and missionary initiatives through which we sought to encounter the wounds of Christ in those at the peripheries of our community. May God bless your generosity of time and talent.
St Paul’s parish and my time here will always have a special place in our hearts. The decision to accept Bishop Garry’s invitation to go to St Matthew’s was tough, but I feel in my heart it is God’s will for us to continue our journey of life, faith and ministry at St Matthew’s.
In conclusion, my family and I would like to thank each and every one of you most sincerely for all your love, care, support and prayers during our time at St Paul’s. Our time with you has beentruly blessed by rich and beautiful memories which will stay with us for ever. We pray God to bless you and your families as only he can. Please don’t forget to pray for us and our new ministry at St Matthew’s. St Paul’s will always be a beacon of light, hope and joy on Bakery Hill witnessing to God’s amazing love for all his children.
God love you,
Fr Constantine Osuchukwu, Faith and Obed. & Matilda xxx