CHICAGO (TOC) — A beloved Chicago priest is sharing why he selected to depart the church and what he’s doing now.
Father Tom Hurley stepped away from Outdated St. Pat’s Church months in the past.
Nonetheless, Sunday was similar to outdated instances.
Fr. Hurley preaching to a full home at Outdated St. Pat’s Church. He was on the West Loop church for the final quarter century, which is acknowledged as one of many highest-profile parishes within the Chicago Archdiocese.
It was 14 months in the past, after coping with quite a few private points earlier than and throughout the pandemic, that Fr. Hurley determined it was all an excessive amount of and he stepped away.
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“I knew I needed to step again. My battery was on empty,” he stated.
He took a depart of absence, however as a result of the church was not absolutely in-person final March, he by no means obtained to say to clarify why or to say goodbye.
The time away has helped and he stated he is feeling way more balanced today.
And regardless of the absence, Fr. Hurley remains to be extremely in style amongst parishioners.
“He introduced pleasure and happiness. He actually linked with everybody, me personally,” stated parishioner Ally Ringone.
“I do not assume it might be what it’s with out him. His legacy will probably be right here a few years to come back, no query about it,” added fellow parishioner Greg Spitzer.
Simply earlier than the pandemic closed every part down in 2020, Fr. Hurley was chosen as Grand Marshall of the downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade. He’s now working with college students at his alma mater, Marist Excessive Faculty.
Fr. Hurley stated he has realized some essential classes.
“This can be a great life, however a busy life. A demanding life and we have now to ensure we keep wholesome whereas doing this,” he stated.
Outdated St. Pat’s was in-built 1852 and is the oldest church in Chicago. Fr. Hurley stated he is pleased with the function he performed in its historical past however added that it is time for a brand new chapter.
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