Fr. Greg's Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers –

This week we bid a fond farewell to Deacon Brett McLaughlin, S.J. Deacon Brett has been a member of our

community for three years. He will be ordained to the priesthood on June 10 at the Fordham University chapel in

New York and begin his priestly ministry as an associate pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Manhattan later in the


When he arrived at the Jesuit School of Theology across the Bay in the Fall 2014 semester, Brett found his way to St.

Ignatius. He spent his first year among us as a parishioner, the second doing his field education, and the third as

a deacon. Among his many gifts and good qualities, Brett is generous: he has directed several people through the

19th Annotation retreat, served as a spiritual director to a few, given several Adult Faith Formation presentations,

moderated our Emmaus young adult group, taken and sold tickets at our Parish Picnic, preached at Sunday Masses …

and more. As I said, generous! I am so very grateful for his ministry among us these years.

Deacon Brett, thank you for all you have done and for all you have been. Your faith, earnestness, generosity, and

kindness have been gifts to us. We wish you well as you take your leave, and we send you forth with our sincerest

prayers that your new ministry be a great blessing to you and the people you will serve, as you have been a blessing to

us. Godspeed. (By the way, Fr. Paul and I are travelling to New York to be with Brett and his family for his ordination

and first Mass.)

On another note, I have good news – I have hired a young woman to be our half-time Coordinator of Parish Worship!

Maggie Warner will join the staff and our parish community in the early weeks of June. She will fill the role vacated

by Stephen Sauer last summer, at a reduced level.

Maggie and her husband, Robert Perea, moved to Berkeley last summer when she began work on a Master of Arts in

Liturgy and a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology. For the eight years prior, Maggie was the Director

of Pastoral Music and Liturgy at St. Paul’s Newman Center in Laramie, Wyoming. In addition to her work at the

Newman Center, Maggie directed the big liturgies for the Diocese of Cheyenne, such as ordinations and chrism

Masses, so she’s well prepared for our church!

During the application process, Maggie and Robert attended our Triduum and a few Sunday Masses, unbeknownst

to me. She told me that they felt very welcomed by the parishioners here and were excited about our liturgy. I’m

excited to have her join us.

Please pray for Brett and Maggie, as each continues to say “yes” to the Lord.