Parochial vicars (priest assistants) are moved every four years in this diocese. It is shocking to me that four years have almost past since Fr. Pfeiffer came to St. Sebastian and he will soon be moving on. Funny, we have different views on this upcoming event.
I am so upset that I misspelled "really" in the above cartoons. Twice.
I have never dealt with being the pastor and going through the process of getting a new (hopefully - we shall see) parochial vicar. Because of this I have become rather aware of the rough job that the powers that be have. It is so complicated somebody should really make a board game of it.
Now, one would think that one simply lines up the priests in one column and the available placements in the other and draw lines connecting the two.
It isn't enough just to move the players around. Just for example: In general you don't simply move a priest from one parish the one next door. That can cause all kinds of problems. One might be that the priest was very popular and the people take off and follow him not giving the next guy a chance. That can be devastating for a parish. Or lifestyle choices don't mesh. One of the first things - no, the very first thing I asked Fr. Pfeiffer when I met him was, "Do you like dogs?" This whole thing would not have worked out if he didn't get along with Sebastian.
There are other considerations also. For example: The St. Sebastian rectory, while nice, is not very friendly if you are not fit. There are at least 5 sets of stairs between any room and the sanctuary of the church. Also, if you like baths, this place only has showers. Well, there is a bath in my room and in one of the offices, but they are TINY. They really should be called low wash basins. Being over six foot I find them almost useless for anything save for giving the dog a bath.
But just when you think you are done - other unforeseen factors hit the fan:
The bishop may send somebody away for studies. Or a priest might reassigned for a spell outside of the diocese, or (God forbid) somebody becomes very ill . . . or something else unforeseen. So say a pastor applies for the vacancy. He then, in turn, creates a vacancy. So you move pastors around to fill the pastor spots and after that complete rearrangement is done, you still need to take somebody out of the vicar rotation and plug them into the pastor spot that remains open - which may mean all of the other vicar assignments now need to be re-arranged.
And how do you win this game? There really is only one way: