Friends, as I prepare to depart Santa Barbara, my heart is filled with so much gratitude. I am grateful to the good people of this beautiful region and to Archbishop Gomez for entrusting it to my pastoral care.
Leading up to the farewell Mass, I let the memories of my seven years as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles wash over me. The warmth and enthusiasm with which the priests and people here received me and the vital support from those working with me have been such tremendous gifts.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. In my sermon for the farewell Mass, I reflect on the past seven years and on the parable of the Good Samaritan.
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