As some of you may know, Bishop Edward Malesic has appointed The Reverend Philip Bernier, OFM Cap, as Parochial Vicar of Saint Malachi Parish. This is in addition to his role as Administrator of Saint Peter Parish in Cleveland. Fr. Phil will continue to reside with his fellow friars at the Conversion of Saint Paul Shrine. As stated in the Bishop’s letter of appointment, Father will be available to “offer service in the pastoral ministry by common counsel and effort with the pastor (administrator) and under his authority.” In practical terms, Father Phil will be available for the celebration of Mass and other sacraments while also availing himself, as much as possible, to other aspects of pastoral life, keeping in mind that he has a number of other responsibilities apart from Saint Malachi. As a member of parish staff, his wisdom and experience will be much appreciated. On a personal note, I believe folks will find Father to be a wonderful addition to our parish family. I’ve known him for many years and find him to be a sincere man who is very approachable and who stands ready to accompany others. I also believe Father will make wonderful contributions to our parish visioning and planning process which will begin in 2022. Please join me in welcoming Father Phil to our parish community.