St. James of Westminster--The Making of a Mission


Young St. James' chanterYoung St. James' chanterAlmost a year ago now, an opportunity like no other was presented to a small group of people.  An e‐mail message sent by the then Parish Council President of St. James the Apostle (in Westminster, MD) was received by its parishioners stating that a change in leadership at St. James was imminent. 

New arrived priest Fr. Raphael with Bishop ThomasNew arrived priest Fr. Raphael with Bishop Thomas

What was not exactly clear at that time was how imminent. Within the next 24 hours, that message had become a reality. St. James was without a priest.

Living in our high-tech world, what followed immediately, and what seemed like for days, was a flurry of email activity amongst the parishioners. Some expressing anger, some expressing sadness, others asking, "What do we do next?"

That following Sunday, the church was full of emotion. Our little sanctuary was full with parishioners seeking answers.

Read the rest of the story and view parish photos HERE.