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I AM MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT over the years that I have been among you here at St. John. Our gathering last Sunday especially was wonderfully put together with the help of many talented and generous individuals. Thank you for your joy.

I have many fond memories of my time among you. And I am glad to have served as pastor at St. John the last 16 years. Time flies when you're having fun. And there were days when I couldn't have said that with conviction. But a lot comes clearer in hindsight.

And I go with peace in my heart that I have accomplished with God's help what even I would never have imagined. If the Holy Spirit has more miracles up the pipeline, I also ask for strength and courage because I'm going to need it, and lots of it.

I am reminded of that passage in scripture where Jesus tells his disciples, "When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do." I go where I am sent to do what is asked of me.

I know that might not be to everyone's liking. But whether I like it or not is not important. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to serve the mission of Jesus Christ and God's people. Everything else is icing on the cake.

I know you will welcome Fr. Francis when he comes. St. John has always been a welcoming community. But people can also be very demanding. I hope and pray he will be more patient and compassionate than I have been. But he will need your help.

So I ask you to pray for me in the next chapter of my journey. The road ahead will have its twists and turns. And if the past 16 years can provide any consolation, I know God will not leave me to face my perils alone.

Until next time,

Fr. Rolo.


NEW BEGINNINGS. Bishop Barry Knestout has appointed me pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church in Abingdon VA and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marion VA effective 1 August 2022. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the mission of Jesus Christ and God’s people in the Diocese of Richmond. Shepherding the people of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesboro has been an awesome privilege these past 16 years. You have graciously accompanied me through years of visioning and planning and building our new church at Sheppard Court, and navigating the challenges and trials together. I am deeply grateful to my parish staff and the leaders of our parish ministries, volunteers, parents, youth, and fellow ecumenical pastors and their people in Waynesboro and East Augusta County. I ask that you accompany me with your prayers as I begin a new chapter of priestly ministry. I ask also that you pray for your new pastor when he arrives, that you extend him the same courtesy and kindness you have shown me. And know that you are all in my prayers. Until then we keep on keeping on. Faithfully. Courageously. Joyfully.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,

Fr. Rolo B. Castillo / Pastor



Fr. Francis Xavier Musolooza / 17th pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church