Here’s a Chaplain Who Has Given Exemplary Service

by Sister Julie Ann on September 5, 2009

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The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity boast of a record number of priests who have served stmarychapel.jpggenerously as chaplain for the Congregation. Today, Saturday, September 5, 2009,  Father De Paul Sobotka, OFM, was recognized at a simple reception for his goodness and sacramental care since 1998. Father De Paul will be moving on to serve his own Franciscan Friars Assumption BVM Province at Queen of Peace Friary, Burlington, WI.

Known for his pleasant disposition and down to earth personality, Father will be remembered for his eleven years of genuine brotherly goodness, beautiful perfect-pitch singing voice and his sense of humor which was streamed in homilies that were thoughtfully researched and prayed over. Important to the spiritual growth of the Sisters are the priests who have fulfilled the need of chaplain who came from the Diocese of Milwaukee in the early years and now from Religious Orders.

Do check out this flick’r site. During this year of special intercession to St. John Vianney, the Franciscan Sisters continue to submit photos of priests who are generous in their service to God’s people today.

Follow this link to read a good story about St. Martin of Tours that explains the etymology of the word chaplain.

 

Any comments on chaplains that you know?

9 thoughts on “Here’s a Chaplain Who Has Given Exemplary Service”

  1. Sister June says:

    God bless you Fr. DePaul as you leave us with many inspiring homilies to love God and one another.

  2. Sister Chiara says:

    Thank you Father DePaul for all of your service! We are going to miss you! God Bless you!

  3. It is such a blessing to share the Franciscan journey of life with Jesus with Friars like Fr.DePaul! He is a gift to all of us! It will not be the same here at the Motherhouse without him here…but it is great that we will be blessed with the spiritual gifts of one of his fellow Friars! Thanks for everything Fr.DePaul!

  4. As our Franciscan brother, you have shown us that “special solicitude”. Thanks for all you are to me (us). Know your Sisters support you in prayer as you discover God’s humor in your own ‘puzzle’ of life.

  5. Sister Marie Bernadette says:

    I remember the first time I met Father. He was coming out of his garage and I was driving next to the old cementary. Father was so busy looking at the head stones that we nearly crashed. I came to a complete stop and soon Father sensed that he better look where he was going. We both had a good laugh over it. For all your assistance in the spiritual life, I thank you. Mahalo!

  6. Nhut Ho says:

    God Bless You Father DePaul and all Sisters.

  7. Hello Father DePaul,

    Well done good and faithful servant! What a delightful tribute to your ministry.

    Best wishes always,

    John Pilch

  8. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    Father De Paul,Greetings from West Point, NE! THANK you SOOO much for your dedicated, LONG service to our Sisters at Holy Family Convent. Your homilies were to the point and I just loved your HUMOR. Our great loss is Burlington’s blessed GAIN. May the Lord bless you always for your dedicated service in the Lord’s name and you are being remembered in prayer in your transition. Gratefully in St. Francis & St. Clare, Sr. Sharon Paul

  9. john carino says:

    I was reading about fr. depaul is this the father depaul who grew up in edwardsville pa.and had a uncle by the name of frank gober who was fr,depauls mothers brother.when i was a little boy my uncle frank would take me out to pa. to visit his sist.er mary and helen.if this is he email me thank you

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