interview with David Thurber, St. Luke's 2007 summer seminarian:
Q. Tell us about your family background, where you
A Pawtucketis an interesting place to grow
up. There’s a lot of noise, people, cars and excitement. But
there’s also a lot of flavor, diversity, kindness and opportunities to
reach out to many different types of people. I believe that this
was the perfect city for my three brothers and myself to live. Our
parish was nothing out of the ordinary.,,, Read More
It was a small French Canadian parish in
a big church building. Many times serving mass, I’d glance out
and see all the empty pews. Perhaps it was at that point I began
thinking about the priesthood. I wanted to reach out to all the
different people that made up Pawtucket and lead them back into the
Q. What influenced your decision to study for
A. The pastor of the parish, Fr. Normand
Courtemanche, really influenced my decision to enter the
seminary. I was always amused with his last name, which means “short
sleeve”. I was even more impressed with the simple lifestyle that
he lived. You see, he is the pastor, bookkeeper, secretary and
maintenance guy all rolled into one quiet and compassionate 68 yr. old
man. He never once complained and each day served the parish to the
best of his abilities. With such a pastor, it is no surprised that
I was led into the seminary!
Q. Tell us about your studies in Rome?
A. When it came time for my assignment to
study theology, I was asked where I wanted to go. “New Jersey,
Bishop”, was my reply. Bishop McManus nodded his head and said,
“What if we sent you to Rome?” I had barely been out of Rhode
Island and now I was going to live in Europe! This has been for me
an opportunity of a lifetime. I have tried to travel as much as
possible and learn all could about the different cultures in
Europe. Next year will be my last in Rome. My only goal is to
complete my studies and continue to experience as much as I possibly
Q. What is your first impression of St. Luke's
A. That brings me here to St. Luke’s
parish. So far I have been here for two weeks and I’m having a
very enriching time. After a year in the books, it is great to talk
to families, give out communion to the sick and learn the ins and outs
of parish ministry. There couldn’t have been two better priests
for me to learn from. Fr. Bob Hawkins and Fr. Matthew Glover have
been outstanding examples of what is means to be a Catholic
Priest. If I can be half the priest that either one of them are, I’ll
be doing all right.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to
share with the people of St. Luke's?
A. At this point I would like to thank all
of you at St. Luke’s for being unbelievably warm and welcoming. I
have felt at home from the first day I arrived. Words simply cannot
express the gratitude I have for all of you. Hopefully, I will be
able to get to know as many parishioners this summer as
possible. If there is anything you would like to talk to me about,
don’t hesitate to ask. May God bless all of you and lead you
closer to Him each day!
Thanks to all who made St.
Luke's 2007 Catholic Charity Fund Appeal a big success. The parish met our goal thanks to
Bruce Morris of our parish was instrumental in producing the following
Video Impact Statement. Click the arrow to watch this 10 minute
video. [A broadband internet connection
When the American College celebrated the centenary anniversary of its foundation fifty Fr. Collins was present as a young seminarian. "When The American College celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1982, He was present for the festivities as university professor and in 2007, as a retiree he delivered the sesquicentennial magister lecture.
You can read his address
Have you visited our twin parish, Blessed
Sacrament of Providence, RI? Blessed Sacrament is a stunningly beautiful cathedral
located at the intersection of Academy and Regent Avenues, about halfway
between Atwells and Chalkstone Avenues. Click
for a map. Click the images below for larger photos. The Mass Schedule
is available here.
Parking for Mass is available in the Blessed
Sacrament School lot across Regent Ave. from the church. There is a
second lot accessed by Atkins St. off Regent Ave behind the rectory /
parish office building.
Fr. Gaffney offered a Bible Study
on the Saturdays of Lent at Blessed Sacrament Church,
179 Academy Ave.
Blessings of the Christmas Season
Fr. Ray Collins, Luke Willenberg, Fr. Matt Glover, Fr. Bob Hawkins
December 2, 2006 St. Luke's
Contemporary Choir produced a CD of Christmas songs. Proceeds
will support St. Mary's
. Click to visit
the Contemporary Choir web page, sample the music online and to find out
how to get your copy.
Church of Barrington
is proud to announce the release of “Rejoice Tonight”, a seven-song
cd of Christmas music recorded by the St. Luke’s Contemporary
Choir. Filled with traditional favorites, the disc neatly
summarizes this group’s commission: to take the church’s
familiar hymns and recast them in a modern setting with instruments such
as guitar, bass, piano and drums. “Angels We Have Heard On High,”
“It Came Upon The Midnight Clear,” and the song “Rejoice Tonight,”
written by choir director David Lauria and adapted from the Gospel of
John, combine familiar lyrics with the sound of a Christian worship
group. Proceeds from the recording will be donated to St. Mary's
to help rebuild their pipe organ. St. Mary's, which is listed on
the National Historic Register and is the second-oldest church in
, sustained over $1.5 million in damage during Hurricane Katrina.
the coming weeks, online ordering and digital downloads will be
available. Pre-order forms for cd purchase can be downloaded from this
link for Word or this
1, 2006 St. Luke’s Parish is looking for more
Ushers and Greeters who like to meet people and make friends while
serving the Lord and fellow parishioners. Ushers and Greeters improve our
warmth and hospitality by having someone at all entrances to the church,
at every Mass, to greet all who come to worship. In addition we will when
needed help parishioners find a seat, and assist in collecting the weekly
offering. This position is open to all, men women young and old. If you
feel this is for you please call the rectory to show your interest, or
talk to any of the greeters and ushers at the Mass you attend.We who are ushers and greeters would love to have you join us so as
to triple the current amount of people doing this now.
Luke's School is collecting bottle
caps from Hood Milk in the Light Block bottles through Oct. 2007. The school will receive 5 cents for each cap redeemed. A
collection box is at the Church front entrance.
Luke School has a new web site developed and maintained by IT
Specialist Joanne Johnson.
Moynihan, president of
the Haitian Project,
and a permanent Deacon for the Rockford Catholic Diocese in Rockford, IL,
visited St. Luke's the weekend of May 7 seeking support for the Louverture
Cleary School (LCS). Please click
here to learn how to support LCS.
Fr. Ray Collins
appears in a Catholic
News Service article addressing misconceptions about Mary Magdalene,
the first witness of Christ's resurrection. The article also
appeared in the Providence Visitor on May 4, 2006.