You are who you are...a people of the Word of God, a people of common conversation...who share that narrative with lots of people.
Christ the Redeemer maintains its reputation for its liturgical celebrations, for sharing the faith, and being a welcoming community to the stranger and those in need. Fr. Howard celebrates comfortably in both the English and Spanish communities sometimes bringing the two communities together for bi-lingual celebrations. He also supported cultural and ethnic religious celebrations at the parish beyond just the English and Spanish communities.
The gratitude from a diverse parish of Asians, Africans, Indians, along with the multitude of English and Spanish speaking countries was shown during the varied receptions. The Filipino community gathered to thank him for his support of the Simbang Gabi celebration during Advent. Vietnamese brought fresh eggrolls, and the Spanish Community surrounded him with all their liturgical ministers and presented him with a plaque of appreciation.
Fr. Howard will not be too far away. His plans are to return to Friary life in Washington DC, but to continue to minister in English and Spanish, to pursue Spiritual Direction and lead retreats with laity. As his weekend homily suggested and his final back page article entitled “Hablamos—We’ll Talk” in the church bulletin says, “…all were in conversation about God and God happened! God spoke and we listened. We spoke to one another. We listened to one another. We became Church.” We continue that Christian journey together and apart.