Welcome Fr. Alphonsus Enelichi!

posted Mar 1, 2016, 7:56 PM by Unknown user
On March 14, Fr. Alphonsus Enelichi will arrive at Our Lady of Lourdes to serve as the new pastor! He comes to us from Circle, Richey, Jordan, and Vida, MT. Here's the brief bio from the Harvest (by Toots Haynie).  

Father Alphonsus Enelichi, current pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Circle, as well as St. John the Baptist Church in Jordan, St. Francis de Sales Church in Richey, and St. Ann Church in Vida, graduated in 2014 with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree in Pastoral Psychology. Rev. Dr. Enelichi is a NigerianAmerican who is a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul. He was ordained a priest in 1990, and has served in Nigeria, Liberia, Canada, Texas and Montana. Father Alphonsus is a dynamic and eloquent preacher who presents with Word of God with faith, power and conviction. He also served as the president of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States, Houston Metropolitan Area Local Chapter, from 2003 to 2007. In 2008, he was elected as the National President of the African Catholic Clergy Association (ACCA) in the United States, the position in which he served until 2013. Presently, Father Alphonsus is the National Vice President of the African Conference of the Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS). His pastoral work experience in different areas, including various cultures and circumstances, has always been the major source of inspiration, spiritual growth, and social involvement in his priestly life and missionary vocation. He derives his pastoral fulfillment from his personal competence and commitment to accomplishing whatever pastoral assignment is entrusted to him. In his missionary work in different countries, Father Alphonsus has learned to see the face of Christ in the face of every human person he encounters. Throughout his missionary journeys and experiences in life, he has developed a deeper trust and faith in God, a stronger commitment to his priestly life, as well as ministering God’s love and compassion to all people irrespective of race or color, recognizing himself as a minister of His people.