Note: The following is a letter from Faith Formation Director Bob Swift to St. Michael Catholic Church parishioners, dated September 22, 2020.
Greetings in the name of Lord Jesus Christ:
Today I am announcing my resignation as the Faith Formation Director at St. Michael Catholic Church. I have accepted the position of the Director of Adult Faith and Discipleship Development at the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake beginning October 12, 2020.
Over these past three years it is been my great privilege to serve the parishioners of St. Michael Catholic Church as your Faith Formation Director. It has been a tremendous joy and an honor to work under the leadership of both Fr. Peter Richards and Fr. Brian Park and in collaboration with our many volunteers and amazing parish staff. We are incredibly blessed as parish community to have such strong and dynamic leadership. I will also be forever grateful for the many beautiful relationships that Mary Beth and I have established here at St. Michael. I know that great days are ahead for St. Michael as we continue to embrace the mission of bringing Christ to all. St. Michael Catholic Church is truly a special place!
I know some may be wondering why I am making this transition. What I can say is that I have a passion, and what I believe are gifts from the Lord, for evangelization and outreach. When this newly created position at St. Paul’s was announced, with a specific focus on evangelization, I felt compelled to discover if this is the place the Lord may be leading me to. After much prayer and discernment, it became clear that this is a door the Lord is inviting me to walk through. I would be grateful for your prayers as I move ahead into this new adventure in the kingdom of God.
Finally, I want everyone to be assured that all faith formation ministries are moving ahead without interruption as members of our staff will take on various responsibilities during this transition period. Please know that my prayers and my heart are always with the family of St. Michael Catholic Church.
Faith Formation Director