A Message from Fr. Bart

His reassignment, and announcing our incoming pastor

My Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross,

About a week or so ago I received a surprise call from Fr. James McCurry, my Minister Provincial, with a request that I assume the position of the Guardian Superior of Immaculate Heart of Mary Friary in Baltimore, Maryland. After some prayer, reflection and some (lost) nights’ sleep, I have accepted his request.

I had not requested a change and had planned to stay as your pastor for another two years. I feel that the Lord is calling me to this position. The interesting thing is that my first assignment after ordination, 45 years ago, was to Archbishop Curley High School, and I was living in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Friary. In a sense I have come full circle!  

The sad part in leaving is that I will miss you, the people of Holy Cross Church, with your warm and welcoming spirit and our liturgy with its “Gospel” Music! I guess this is the cross I bear in accepting this new assignment.

I will be leaving after June 1, when I officially become the guardian superior. Of course, a lot depends on the state of our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. My departure may be later. 

I have been replaced by Fr. Daniel Pal OFM Conv. Below is some information about him. I hope that you welcome him in the same way that you welcomed and “trained” me so wonderfully as your pastor. I will miss all of you!  

Peace and all good to you, 
Fr. Bart 

Introducing Fr. Daniel Pol OFM Conv.


Fr. Daniel Pol OFM ConvFr. Daniel was born in Romania on April 9, 1973. He entered the Franciscans in 1991 and was ordained a priest in 2000. 

Since ordination, Fr. Daniel has worked in various parishes in different countries.  From ordination until 2007 he worked in Romania; from 2007 until 2013, in Spain, and from 2013 until the present, in the United States. He speaks Romanian, Spanish and English.  


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