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A 'puzzling' celebration

The July celebration for the 25th anniversary of ordination for Father Romanus Igweonu definitely was puzzling.
 
That’s because guests at his reception were busy putting together puzzles.
 
It was a way to bring together the people of the three churches he serves as pastor: St. Bridget and St. Stanislaus Kostka in West Rutland and St. Dominic in Proctor.
 
“The love of the people of God inspires their pastor,” Father Igweonu commented as he watched a few people put finishing touches on the puzzles in the parish center of St. Bridget Church.
 
Eight puzzles were made for the celebration, and they featured individual pictures of St. Dominic Church, St. Bridget Church, St. Stanislaus Church and Father Igweonu. Another version included pictures of each church, Pope Francis, Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne and Father Igweonu.
 
Guests at the reception for the pastor’s silver jubilee included parishioners of the three churches as well as churches he served before his current assignment.
 
“When you put the pieces of the puzzle together, you have something special,” he said. “And when you put together our three churches, you have something special.”
 
Marguerite Sadowski of St. Bridget Parish said the puzzle project brought together the people of the churches. “We worked together, and that was a symbol to make the congregations more closely united.”
 
The three churches once had their own pastors but are now united with one pastor.
 
“It was brilliant to do the puzzles because people worked together and had a common goal,” said Barbara Fischer, a parishioner of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Ludlow, one of the parishes Father Igweonu served before his current assignment. “The puzzles symbolize unity and diversity.”
 
Ray Sevigny of St. Bridget Parish said that like the parishes, the pieces of the puzzle “make something beautiful when they come together.”
 
“The puzzles were a beautiful idea,” said Nancy Basile of St. Bridget’s. “People are building something together, which makes unity.”
 
“The project symbolizes togetherness,” said fellow parishioner Peg Harvey.
 
“We are following the injunction of the bishop to worship together, witness together and walk together to build unity,” Father Igweonu said. “By doing so, we can change the way people react to the Church when they see us walking together, collaborating and supporting each other. We are looking to build the Church.”
 
 
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