Allow me to introduce myself. I am Fr. Stan Holland, TOR recently arrived in Sarasota from Austria. Before that I was the parochial vicar at St Patrick Parish for eleven years in Tampa, and before that I taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville for twelve years where I also started the university’s mission outreach program. I served in the US Army for two tours in Southeast Asia from 1970-72 before even thinking of becoming a priest. Five years later I served in the South Pacific as an electrical engineer in the US Peace Corps for two years, where I found my vocation to the priesthood. As a Franciscan I have been a campus minister, hospital chaplain and for six years served as a prison chaplain in South East Ohio. I have also served as a missionary to the Amazon in Brazil, also in Honduras, and also Jamaica. May 4, 1996 is the date of my ordination to the priesthood, having entered the Franciscans eight years earlier. I was forty years old when I entered the seminary. I was a juvenile delinquent, more on that later. I am assigned to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish to assist Fr Timothy while our Pastor, Fr Joe Connolly, recuperates.
With that introduction I would like to write a column each week in our bulletin. Some articles will be a reflection on the Sunday readings, stewardship, or just some reflections on the spiritual life. Please feel free to stop by the office for a visit, call for an appointment either on the office phone (preferably) or my cell phone (813) 367-6307. I look forward to getting to know you all better.