Dear Parishioners of St. Patrick’s,
I am glad to write these few lines introducing myself to you.
I am Fr. Suresh, your new priest. My priestly journey begins from Diocese of Kadapa, India. I was born on June 25th, 1977, and was ordained on May 3rd, 2005, for the Diocese of Kadapa. I joined the Diocese of Stockton on October 18, 2014.
In my nine years of priestly ministry in India, I was Parochial Vicar for two years and then promoted to be Pastor at St. Antony’s church and school principal at the same time. After five successful years I was moved to Sacred Heart Parish for two years as Pastor, and from there I moved to Stockton Diocese, California.
I had a wonderful time and great experience of working in Stockton diocese also for past nine years in different assignments. I worked as a Parochial Vicar at Presentation Parish in Stockton and at St. Patrick’s Parish in Angels Camp. I have been the school Chaplin at Central Catholic High School in Modesto and also at St. Joseph’s Parish, Modesto, for the past two years as parochial vicar.
I’m happy and excited to begin my new chapter in life with St. Patrick’s faith community. Looking forward to meet, know and work with all of you. You are welcome to stop by the office or I can visit you in person to get to know more about each other.
At the same time, I know you will greatly miss Fr. Banka. He has done a great job in rendering his services at St. Patrick’s parish as a parochial vicar during Fr. Ray and Fr. Sam’s time, and in the second phase as your Parish Administrator. Keep him in your prayers as he is moving to St. Anthony’s, Manteca. It’s a huge parish with a school, which means more responsibilities. I know he is capable and full of talents to lead a bigger community.
May the Grace of our Lord and the powerful intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Patrick and St. Anthony lead us in fulfilling God’s plans for us.
Peace and Love,
Fr. Suresh Ery
St. Patrick’s Church, Sonora