She'd given one to fellow parishioner Jerry Finkler
awhile back and felt led by the spirit to ask him if he'd be willing to part with it.
told me about Father Scott needing Mary," Finkler
said."I was just glad to see that someone else would enjoy her
as we have."
Father Garrett swung by Finkler
's house and said the statue would be a perfect fit, Finkler recalled.
told me the story that people are beating a path to get to the spigot, so he's
making the area look nice for people," Finkler
said."With the landscaping and the (new statue of) Mary, it could be called Our Lady of Grace.
...By Jerry Finkler
...Jerry Finkler will be leaving his position as field consultant for the Anchorage Archdiocese Pastoral Plan at the end of the month.Finkler
said the move was necessary in order to take up administrative work and consulting with the Galena City School District Home school Support
, also known as Interior Distance Education of Alaska.
"My family has participated in that program since 1997 when we lived in North Pole," Finkler
said."I think the world of the teachers and administrators that I've come to know at IDEA.I'm very fortunate to work with them, and to be involved in my children's education."Finkler
work with the archdiocese and the relationships he
built with colleagues.
is a very good person to work with, he
has a lot of talent and will be missed," said fellow Ministry Support
Team member Sister Joe Gaugier, O.P.
Sister Gaugier said the decision on how to replace Finkler's position will be postponed until after Discipleship Days. Finkler, a graduate of Seattle University, has worked in various lay leadership and religious teaching positions for the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the Diocese of Fairbanks.
Stewardship head to be honored