5/5/2014 2:54:00 PM New auxiliary deserves your support
Catholic Sentinel photo by Bob Kerns
Bishop Peter Smith confers with Archbishop Alexander Sample.
Though Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith has been serving in the archdiocese for years, not many folks have gotten to know him well.
In the months we have observed him, we find him to be exceedingly conscientious, smart, hard-working and funny. God’s people are lucky to have this man on the job, or jobs, plural, in his case.
When Peter Smith was introduced at the press conference detailing his promotion, his job description said he was vicar general and moderator of the curia.
In addition, he fills in at parishes on weekends.
One reporter was about to ask him if his new bishop responsibilities come with a significant pay hike. After all, this is the fourth full-time job he is being asked to do.
This native South African priest comes from a big, well-established family of super overachievers. They grew up in a half million-population city inland from Durban, the major port city on the Indian Ocean.
Bishop Smith is well-read, recites poetry from memory, is thoughtful and philosophical.
He also is a holy priest and works mightily to preach the gospel of salvation.
He is a combat veteran, too, an experience missing on too many people’s vitaes.
If more people served in wars, there just might be less enthusiam for our leaders to send young men and women into combat.
He’ll tell you that there’s nothing like being shot at to help you focus your mind on important stuff, like staying alive.
This ex-infantryman lost two mates in the brutal guerrilla warfare on the sunbaked savannah of Namibia between South Africa conscripts and East Bloc-backed insurgents.
Give this new bishop your maximum, military support. You will be happy you did.