Time was, newly minted or younger priests would head for the far reaches of the diocese, e.g., the fabled Northern Hinterland, upon ordination or when they were eligible to serve as parish pastors. So it’s a welcome development that two rock-solid men will be serving close to home. Last weekend, it was announced that Fr. Martin Fox, parochial vicar for St. Rose on Eastern Avenue and archdiocesan director of priestly formation, will become pastoral administrator for historic Holy Cross-Immaculata in Mt. Adams, and Fr. Jon-Paul Bevak will serve in the same capacity for the similarly historic Old St. Mary’s in Over-the-Rhine. (A pastoral administrator is a pastor without a set or specific term.) The optimist in me wants to see this as a sign of a healthier diocese and a less meddlesome chancery, while the … realist sees a diocese running out of priestly options. In any event, congratulations to Frs. Fox and Bevak.

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