Letter: Parishioners thank leader upon departure
To the Editor:
Father Larry Lisowski has been guiding the parishioners of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish for the past 12 years.
Since coming to Lemont in July 2001, he has touched many lives with his engaging sense of humor, meaningful liturgies and authentic homilies.
Under Father Larry’s leadership, the parish has grown to approximately 2,400 registered families. Many new activities and physical renovations took place to rejuvenate not only the parish buildings, but parish life as well.
His strong administrative skills directed several significant exterior projects undertaken to preserve the historic parish buildings. These included tuck pointing, roofing, expanding parking and rectory office space, reconstructing the grotto, enlarging the church entrance and renovating the bell tower and rose window.
Equally important, the church’s interior benefitted from the restoration of the pipe organ and choir loft. This created additional reconciliation rooms and restroom facilities and totally refreshed its appearance with new paint and lighting, and in the future, with pews and flooring.
Attending to the spiritual side of the parish, Father Larry instituted a number of new ministries and activities such as bilingual unity masses and dinners, liturgy renovation and welcoming committees, tri-parish youth ministry, summer service trips and the parish block party, just to name a few. Not one to rest on his laurels, he also organized Lenten missions, retreats, pilgrimages and scripture study groups and established in-home Pre-Cana and baptismal preparation programs.
Humble as well as dedicated, he would be the first to acknowledge that he cannot do it all alone. Fortunately, his gift for encouraging people to become involved and leading by example has taught us all much about giving of ourselves with our time, talent and treasure. The parishioners of SS. Cyril and Methodius sincerely thank Father Larry for his 12 years of devoted and faithful service and wish him much success and God’s blessings upon him as he begins his new assignment at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parishes in Chicago. He will be greatly missed.
Nancy S. Kosek