A message from Most Rev. Gregory Aymond, Apostolic Administrator, to all the faithful of the Diocese of Alexandria
As the crisis of COVID-19 continues to unfold, we are surrounded with uncertainty. I deeply regret that I am unable to be with you physically; but please know that I am indeed with you in prayer and solidarity, as we navigate the upcoming days and weeks.
Recognizing that there are many questions, concerns and issues surrounding this crisis, I have appointed a special “COVID-19 Response Team” for the Diocese of Alexandria. This committee is comprised of: Fr. Peter Faulk, JCL, Judicial Vicar; Mr. David Brook, CFO; Fr. Scott Chemino JD, JCL, Delegate to the Apostolic Administrator; Fr. Rick Gremillion (who has served as Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness and Relief for the Diocese); and Fr. Craig Scott, V.F., who will serve as Chair.
This Committee will be addressing a myriad of issues, including:
1) How do we “restart” wisely when the Stay At Home order is lifted (Diocesan and Parish offices, ministries, public liturgies)? Will this “restart” be slow and gradated? What will our precise plan be?
2) If the Stay At Home order is extended beyond April 30, how can we effectively continue our work and ministry, while protecting the safety and health of staff, priests, lay ministers and the faithful? What provisions can be made for certain staff to work from home and what do they need to make this possible?
3) When public liturgies are allowed, what restrictions will be necessary and for how long?
These questions are just the “tip of the iceberg” as this crisis continues. The main focus of this Committee will be to offer guidelines in all areas of the life and ministry of the Church in the Diocese of Alexandria, while at the same time protecting health and life, and following the mandates of civil authorities. The Committee will be contacting you soon to hear your personal concerns and questions.
Please know that this Committee and it’s members are available to you, as am I. Our faith, hope and trust remain with the Lord God, who is forever faithful.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond
Apostolic Administrator of Alexandria