The St. Bede's flock is delighted to have Father John Borrego of Guthrie, Oklahoma, serve as our Supply Priest. We are learning firsthand the truth of the following statement made by Senior Warden Peggy Luckett at his retirement:
"First and foremost, Fr. John is an extraordinary teacher and preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The biblical and world history knowledge he brings to our adult education classes has added such richness to our church's spiritual life. In addition, he is a truly gifted celebrant of the Episcopal liturgical services and is able to bring the beautiful poetry of the Book of Common Prayer and the readings of the Gospel to life each Sunday.”
Father Borrego to retire after 36 years
(Article from Guthrie News Leader - Saturday, December 20, 2014)
After 36 years as a priest, the last eight of which were spent at Trinity Episcopal Church, Father John Borrego has decided to retire. His retirement party is scheduled for today at the church, 310 E. Noble Ave., from 4-6 p.m. Borrego's last service will be on Dec. 28 and his last day on the job will be Dec. 3l.
Borrego says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family when he retires.
"Our kids live on both coasts, so my wife and I are about an equal distance away from each of them. In my daughter's family we have one grandchild and there is another one on the way, and my son's family will be here visiting for Christmas, which we are very excited about," Borrego said. "There are things that I'd like to do with my family that I will have time for now."
Although he doesn't have any solid plans in place yet, Borrego says there are several things he would like to explore in his retirement.
"We would really like to do some traveling because there are some places in the world we'd really like to see. I also hope to learn some things. I heard about a pen and ink drawing class at the Guthrie Art Center and I've signed up for that. I haven't taken an art class since eighth grade!" Borrego said.
Other possibilities Borrego plans to look into include volunteering at the schools or in the Guthrie Public Library.
"I like to be around little kids, so that might be nice," Borrego said.
Since he has also completed training with the Oklahoma Council of Churches on disaster spiritual assistance, Borrego says he'd like to explore volunteer opportunities there and possibly with the Logan County Long-term Response Team as well.
The hardest thing to leave behind, Borrego says, will be the weekly opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of the Eucharist as a priest.
"But it will be nice to simply worship in church, instead of running the show," Borrego said. "After being a priest for so long, I will be glad to leave the day-to-day of church activities and events behind and be able to serve the Lord and the Lord's people without carrying the weight of the bureaucracy. Trinity has been an absolutely wonderful place to be."
Something Borrego says he is very proud of about Trinity Episcopal Church is how it has become known in the community as a place that feeds the hungry with the Lunch on Noble program. He and his wife will continue to live in Guthrie after his retirement.
"We love Guthrie and it's our plan to be here," Borrego said.
Senior Warden Peggy Luckett made the following statement about what Father Borrego means to the church members:
"First and foremost, Fr. John is an extraordinary teacher and preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The biblical and world history knowledge he brings to our adult education classes has added such richness to our church's spiritual life. In addition, he is a truly gifted celebrant ofthe Episcopal liturgical services and is able to bring the beautiful poetry of the Book of Common Prayer and the readings of the Gospel to life each Sunday. That is no small feat and those skills alone would endear him to us all, but his special ministry to our children and his active involvement in the Lunch on Noble program that Trinity Church has lovingly fostered for many years now has earned him a very special place in the hearts of our church members.
"Through his remarkable leadership, Trinity Church opened doors and built bridges to people of other beliefs and religions, he partnered with other church leaders to open dialogue about important issues in our community and country (such as the relationship between the Christian community and LGBT people), he organized ecumenical services with our sister churches of Guthrie, and thereby led us into a more vibrant role in our community -- a role that we treasure.
"We are truly thankful for his ministry and leadership.
For all he has done and achieved in his
ministry at Trinity Church - Guthrie and elsewhere, the Vestry and members of Trinity Church wish and pray for a wonderful retirement life for Fr. John and Mother Lynn Borrego."