Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of February 17, 2003
On the Road again -- and again
This content priest cheerfully follows the Lord's path
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I have been blessed so much, I certainly see (my priesthood) as something that God wanted me to do."
- Fr. Paul Moret
But he said he has learned over the years and things have gotten a bit better.
Stress pours into Moret's life every time he visits one of his parishes and the secretary greets him with a big list of things to do.
"The workload can be overwhelming sometimes, but as long as we understand our own limitations and don't try to be the saviour, we can survive," he said. "We just have to realize that we are not God and that we can't do everything."
Born the seventh of nine children in 1961, Moret was baptized at St. Joseph Basilica, his parish, and attended St. Catherine School for elementary and junior high.
He studied at St. Joseph's High School. "I just lived down the block from St. Joe's, so I never had to take a bus to school or anything like that."
He and his family attended Mass both at the chapel of St. Joseph's High and St. Joseph's Basilica, where Moret served as an altar boy for 12 years.
Even as a youngster, Moret watched the priests at his parish with interest and felt drawn to their way of life. But the young boy wouldn't follow through on those yearnings until years later.
"Many people have asked me what influenced me to became a priest and I can't point to any one event in my life, although I guess most of the influences were at home and at the parish itself," he mused.
Through his family, especially his parents, Moret learned to love God and his people, and the priests solidified that love with their example.
And as a young boy, many people approached him to let him know he would make a good priest one day.
and participated in a lot of activities. Although Drewicki never urged him to become a priest, he showed him the way.
"He made a definite impression."
When Father Peter Sharpe asked him directly whether he'd considered the priesthood, Moret realized he had to take positive action.
When he entered university, his mind was more or less made up, so much so that in his second year, he switched from mathematics to philosophy and history in order to get the background he needed to enter the seminary.
After philosophy studies at the University of Alberta, Moret decided it would be good to get away and chose to study theology at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ont.
He was ordained into the priesthood Sept. 16, 1988 at St. Joseph's Basilica by Archbishop Joseph MacNeil.
He began his vocation at St. Theresa Parish in Millwoods, where he served for three years under Msgr. Donald MacDonald, then Father Leo Floyd. He subsequently became a pastor in Trochu, where he served for four years. He spent another four years as pastor at Drayton Valley and has been at Rimbey-Sylvan Lake since 1998.
"I guess I could have done other things (for a living), but for me, once I was ordained, once the bishop laid his hands on me, that was it," Moret said.
"You question (your vocation choice) beforehand, but then, once you are ordained, that's it, that's the end of it."
And he said that whenever he has looked back at his life, he has always come to the same conclusion-that God wanted him as a priest. And there are concrete signs that show he made the correct choice.
"For example my mother (Marilyn) is convinced that my ability to preach was something given by God because I never did any public speaking," he pointed out.
"I never got up in front of anybody to speak and yet now people invite me to go and teach at the Bible School and go to speak here, and go to speak there.
"It's things like that, the way God has blessed me through (my priesthood) that has solidified my vocation. Any question that I may have has been answered by those sort of things - by seeing how God has worked in my life."
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