A Note From Father Ted

78015ali33u40tptv7pnge3051l.jpgDear Blessed Sacrament parishioners,

It is with great joy that I take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as your pastor. I grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, with two sisters and two brothers, both of whom are parish priests in the Diocese of Lafayette (Fr. Andrew at St. Mary Parish in Muncie, and Fr. Brian at St. John Vianney Parish in Fishers). My brothers and I still like to joke with our sisters that growing up with them encouraged the three of us in our vocations to the priesthood! All kidding aside, though, I do come from a close-knit family with strong ties to the Lafayette area. I attended Central Catholic High School, where I competed in football and on the track and field team, so I have fond memories of the friendly high school rivalries. My parents still live in rural Lafayette, and it is wonderful to have them nearby. 

After Ordination in 1997, I served as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Kokomo. A few years later, I was sent to Rome to study and received an advanced degree in Canon Law. Upon my return in 2002, I was again assigned to St. Patrick Parish in Kokomo and named as pastor. Working together with the parish community to establish a Perpetual Adoration Chapel on the St. Patrick campus is one of the many experiences from my years as pastor of St. Patrick that I hold close to my heart. I have a deep devotion to the Eucharist and to prayer life, so it is very gratifying and humbling to know that the parish had the same desire in Jesus being available in the Adoration Chapel to all people, at any hour of the day or night, over the past ten years.  

In 2006, I was assigned as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Kokomo, while continuing to serve as pastor of St. Patrick Parish. In 2013, I answered Bishop Doherty’s call to serve in my current position as Vicar General of the Diocese. Sharing in the lives of St. Patrick and St. Joan of Arc parishioners was a great joy to me, and it is one of the many reasons I feel blessed to be here with you at Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

l look forward to getting to know you better in the future. I ask you to pray for me, that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide me in all that I do, especially in shepherding the people of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. I will be keeping all of you in my daily prayers as we continue on this journey together as a parish family.

In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Ted Dudzinski