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Letter from Bishop-Elect Love

Dear Friends in Christ,

As I sit writing this letter, the bells of St. Mary's are tolling in the background, a sound I have come to love these past fourteen years, while serving as rector of St. Mary's, Lake Luzerne. The toll just struck nine, a reminder that time moves on, often bringing changes in our life that we would never have imagined. To say that my recent election as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Albany on Saturday, March 25th, was one of those "times of change" would be the understatement of the year, at least for me and my family and the people of St. Mary's, and I suspect in some ways for our entire diocese.

As I contemplate stepping down as rector of St. Mary's and taking on the responsibilities of Bishop Coadjutor, I am filled with a variety of competing thoughts and emotions. I love being a parish priest and serving at St. Mary's has been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling things I have ever done. I am deeply saddened at the thought of leaving, and yet at the same time I am greatly honored to have been chosen as Bishop Coadjutor, and look forward to this new opportunity to serve our Lord and His Church.

I am also very humbled to know that our Lord could have chosen any one of the other ten priests that stood with me for Bishop, using them powerfully in His service. I give thanks to God for each of them and ask God's blessing upon them, their families, and the ministry our Lord has called them to.

Looking at the opportunities as well as the responsibilities that lie ahead as Bishop Coadjutor (many of which are yet to be discovered), I am both excited and frightened at the same time. Yet, despite these often competing thoughts and emotions, the Lord has blessed me with a sense of peace that I would not have imagined, especially considering the struggle I had in deciding whether to allow my name to go forward for nomination.

I know that much of that sense of peace is a direct result of all the prayers that so many of you have offered on my behalf and that of my family. Karen & I have been deeply touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support that has been shown through the literally hundreds of cards and letters, emails and phone calls that we have received these past several weeks. Several have written, admitting that they did not vote for me, but wishing me and the Diocese the very best, offering their prayers and support. I couldn't ask or hope for anything more.

As we move forward in this new chapter in our lives, may our Lord Jesus Christ be at the center of all that we do, trusting in Him, through the power of the Holy Spirit to guide and empower us for that which He is calling us to. We are all part of the ONE Body of Christ, united in and through Him. May all that we do, individually, as a parish and as a diocese, be to His glory and the benefit of His Church. Peace my Friends! God Bless You!

Faithfully Yours in Christ,
Fr. Bill Love+

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