Original post: 1 February 2010
Fr. John at dinner at The Blue Window Bistro
On Sunday, January 31, after more than three rich and fulfilling golden years our beloved priest Fr. John Hennies announced to the congregation during the Liturgical sermon that he is retiring after the coming Bright Saturday on April 10. We of the parish community owe him much as he has given us a labor of love doing that which he would rather to do than anything else. I personally know of no other ecclesiastical servant who has influenced or blessed my life more. Surely I would not now be Orthodox if it weren't for the insights and wisdom of this holy man despite his irascible past. Yes, he is not only a man of God, but also human, full of foibles and vulnerable. What you see is what you get. I know no one more transparent.
But now he must concentrate on his family and his own aging self, having "retired" three times before. But, he's not really leaving us. He assures us that we'll still see him around town in his priestly cassock, sitting at various locations of the "Church of the Holy Restaurant" and "Caffeine Cathedral" blessing others in conversations and adoring babies and children. He will now be relieved of the strenuous duties that anchor an active parish priest to a rectory.
God bless you, our Fr. John.