Parishioners and community residents gathered at St. Nicholas Church on July 1 to bid a fond farewell to Father Jack Kennealy. Father Jack, as he is known in the parish, has been pastor at St. Nicholas since 2011. He dealt successfully with many challenges facing the parish, including establishing a building fund dedicated to the addition of a parish center adjacent to the current church. Father Jack is a "local boy," having been born in DC and growing up in Takoma Park. He holds bachelor's and MBA degrees, as well as a Master of Divinity. Prior to his ordination as a priest in 2004, he worked as a corporate accountant, which enabled his approach to streamlining parish finances. The large crowd at his farewell gathering gave testimony to Father Jack's impact on the lives of those present, including performing many baptisms, marriages and visitations to parishioners who are ill. Father Jack is off to his new dutiesat St. Mathias parish in Lanham. We all wish him the best, and hope to see him visit later on this year when St. Nicholas parish celebrates its 50th anniversary!