Call me Uber-Priest. Lately, I feel a bit like the part-time car service that is in competition with taxi drivers who work regular shifts. You see, I don’t have a full time parish assignment since I am officially “retired from active ministry” but, like most retired priests in our diocese, I help out whenever and wherever there is a need.
Unlike the Uber drivers who might get sneers from licensed taxi drivers, we are not in competition with clergy who are assigned to parishes. Pastors love us. We are there to help them. When parish priests need to take a day off, or go on vacation, or attend a retreat, or workshop, all those things necessary for a sane, healthy, holy and renewed priesthood, we retirees get called to celebrate Masses. The phone also rings when priests get ill, hospitalized or even when they go on extended sick leaves. If we do not cause any problems for the local priests, we get invited back. Read more »