May 26, 2017

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Reader: Let the congregation say ‘Amen’ to our dedicated pastor

Last weekend, at the conclusion of Father Christopher Wadelton’s homily at St. Philip Neri Church in Indianapolis, the congregation applauded.

It is not unusual for those present at Mass to acknowledge the musicians or lay people who make presentations but, in the 69 years that I have attended St. Philip Neri, this is the first time that I can remember a priest receiving an ovation.

Father Chris gives excellent homilies, but I suspect that this was a deeper acknowledgement of the awesome job he does of ministering to the diverse collection of people who make up our parish.

As a single-priest parish that covers much of the near eastside of Indianapolis, the demands on our pastor could easily be overwhelming. To his credit, Father Chris summons the energy and enthusiasm to consistently meet the needs of this historic inner-city parish. And he does so in fluent Spanish as well as English.

Father Chris is a modest and unassuming man. I applaud his faithfulness and dedication to his vocation.

If there were a competition, he would certainly be a strong candidate for “Priest of the Year.”

And the Church said, “Amen!”

- Mike Cecil | Indianapolis

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