Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes I’m afraid its time for good bye again.
– Billy Joel, “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” Turnstiles, 1976
This past June, His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan appointed me pastor of the Church of Regina Coeli in historic Hyde Park, New York. It is with great joy that I have been given the opportunity to return to full-time parochial ministry. However, it is with a touch of sadness as I take leave of the Archives of the Archdiocese of New York. Since I was a little one, I have always had trouble bidding farewell to family, friends, and colleagues. But what a consolation it is that we are all united in the common prayer of the Church and the greatest gift of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Many thanks to Kate Feighery, Archivist of the Archdiocese of New York, and Liz Alleva, Assistant Archivist of the Archdiocese of New York. Kate and Liz are beyond phenomenal in their professionalism, and their love for history and the patrimony of the Archdiocese of New York. I would often say that they are the scientists and historians and I am the cruise director. Success in their mission is guaranteed.
Regina Coeli Parish is only a quarter mile north on Route 9 from the FDR Library. If you are visiting the library or the Vanderbilt Mansion, please stop by the parish. You will be as welcomed as the flowers in Spring. Our weekend Mass schedule is as follows:
– Confessions, 4:00 – 4:45
– 5:00 p.m
– 7:30 a.m.
– 9:00 a.m. (St. Paul’s Church, Staatsburg)
– 9:30 a.m.
– 11:30 a.m.
Please be assured of my prayers for you and remembrances in my daily Masses. And as the great church historian Msgr. John Tracy Ellis would sign off his correspondence, “In service to the Church and the Muse Clio”!
– Father Michael Morris