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Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon

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October 14, 2021

Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon
Father Vince Hawk installed as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Avon

Holy Trinity Parish in Avon, located at the intersection of Detroit and Nagel roads, was busy the evening of Oct. 13 as parishioners, brother priests, family and friends of Father Vince Hawk celebrated his installation as pastor of Holy Trinity, one of the oldest parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland.

Prior to celebrating the 7 p.m. Mass, Bishop Edward Malesic prayed over Father Hawk, who pledged his loyalty to the Church and signed documents making his appointment official with parish and school administrators, pastors from across Lorain County and priests from his past assignments serving as witnesses.

As Mass began, Father Hawk expressed how deeply humbled he felt and what a privilege it was to share this special moment not only with members of his new parish and school community, but also those who traveled from his previous parish, St. Peter in Loudonville, to support his new appointment.

“This occasion is not about me at all,” Father Hawk said in his homily. “It is about all of us here tonight and our relationship with Jesus Christ. As a priest, I am called to walk with the people of God. In the assignments I have held in the past and today at Holy Trinity I will continue my ordained promise to shepherd God’s people, walking with you, helping to make missionaries of Christ.”

Father Hawk thanked the students, parents and staff at Holy Trinity School and PSR program for a warm welcome as the school year began. He shared how earlier in the day, students surprised him with a “clap in,” lining the hallways, cheering his name and giving high-fives as he entered the building.

“The gifts that are within me are now shared and linked to this greater community,” Father Hawk said. “And now I will look for the links within each of you who are members of the body of Christ. We will do this together as one family, one body,” he said.

At the end of Mass, Bishop Malesic thanked and acknowledged Father Hawk’s parents who were present, as well as Father John Manning, who served as administrator at Holy Trinity during the summer months prior to Father Hawk’s appointment.

A festive, fall-themed reception took place in the school’s gym after Mass. At the gathering, the bishop and Father Hawk chatted with students, Holy Trinity school alumni, staff and parishioners.

Holy Trinity Parish was established in 1833. Father Hawk replaced Father John Misenko, who retired in June.

Click here to learn more about Holy Trinity Parish.

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