April 24, 2015
By Kristi Anderson
This Sunday, people in the pews will hear the words of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in the Gospel of John: “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
Pope Francis has urged priests to go out among their flocks and get to know the people they serve like “shepherds living with the smell of their sheep.”
For Father Dan Walz, pastor — a.k.a. shepherd — of St. John Parish in Foley and St. Patrick Parish in Minden Township, this request from Pope Francis means getting a little dirty, literally.
“I heard this as a challenge for priests to go out into the flock that has been entrusted to their care,” Father Walz said, “to lead, feed and protect those who stay close and to seek to bring back those who have strayed, to go out and meet them where they are at in their spiritual journey.”