50 years of service

Homilist Fr. Bill Farris looked back on a half-century of "generous ministry" during the July 1 Jubilee celebration for friars Mike Dubec and Mike Chowning at Mother of Good Counsel Church in Hazard, Ky.

For both friars, it was a chance to return to a community they had long and faithfully served. Also there to honor and support the Golden Jubilarians was Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv of Lexington. Bill drew upon the Sunday Gospel from Mark (5:21-43), in which "Jesus allows a busy day to be shaped by two interruptions: a young girl deathly ill, and a woman with an incurable condition. Without hesitation he puts aside the task at hand and lovingly responds to both people. Mike Dubec and Mike Chowning allowed their lives to be shaped by a call from Jesus to serve as Franciscans. Both friars look back on 50 years of generous ministry, always prompt to look beyond the small interruptions of each day to discover God calling them anew." According to Parish Life Director Pat Riestenberg, "We had a joyful and inspiring Mass and a delicious meal. We ended with a program that included Bro. Mike and Fr. Mike sharing a memory for each of their five decades of service to God and God’s People."