“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.”
It is hard to say goodbye, especially to someone who you thought you had more time with. Father Denzil's reassignment to Paris, Texas came as a surprise to all of us. Father D has helped the ministry expand and grow, in numbers and in faith.
He has been a mentor, teacher, friend, father, and brother to all who have encountered him. He has touched many souls here at SFA, he has cooked for us, prayed for us, helped with the funding and planning of the new Student Center, and has assisted us with so much more. He has been a beacon of light to those who were lost and has brought so much happiness and love to our campus.
Although we are not ready for Father D to move on, we have to trust that it is all part of God's great plan. Father D is needed somewhere else now, and although St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry will miss him, we need to keep growing and expanding. The new priest, who has not yet been chosen, will be welcomed with open arms and with open hearts, here in Nacogdoches.
God puts people in our life for a reason, and he keeps us on our toes with meeting new faces as well, so that we may be blessed by experiencing different perspectives. Father D's calling has been to be a missionary priest, traveling to different areas of the world while spreading the word and sacraments of God. Father D will leave such a big impact here in the oldest town in Texas, and he will continue to do great things in the next church he arrives at. Father D's life testimony and teachings are too great to keep in one place for too long, which is something we can all understand.
So, Farewell Father D, and be ready to see some visitors every now and then over there in Paris! Thank you for the love, joy and commitment that you have poured into our ministry. May peace be with you, always.