Letter from Our New Rector | Fr. Hal Obayashi

News July 10, 2022
Fr. Hal

Dear Visitors and Devotees of the Lord at the Seaport Shrine,

Greetings to you all in the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

It was a pleasure to meet you on Sunday as the new Rector of Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine.  The beauty of the Mass here, in its sights, sounds, and in the hearts of those gathered to receive the Lord was palpable and a joy to behold!  We are blessed to be able to worship God and participate in the mysterious life of the Holy Trinity amid such elegant simplicity.  Thank you for welcoming me into your midst so warmly.

There'll be time enough to get to know a bit about one another in the months ahead, but here are a few things about me for the curious.  Originally from New Jersey and a (long-ago) product of U Penn in Philadelphia, after studies at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, I was ordained a priest in 2002, serving throughout the Archdiocese since then.  Most recently, I have served in the Merrimack Valley (Billerica, Pepperell, Townsend, Groton, Ayer, Shirley) and part-time chaplain at U Mass Lowell last year.

Pastoral interests revolve around how the Christian pursues a deeper life in Christ by inviting the Holy Spirit to dwell in the innermost chambers of our spiritual heart.  So, that leads to passions for the spiritual reading and praying of Sacred Scripture, life in small faith-sharing groups, contemplative prayer and Christian meditation; as well as exploring the influence of Catholic Christianity in and on the modern world in all its complexity.

Personal interests include science-fiction, automotive advances, aerobic exercise (mostly the elliptical machine these days), learning strategies, and the possibility of a heuristics of creativity, i.e., can one learn how to be creative?  know a bit more Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky. 

Yours faithfully in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Hal Obayashi