After the Mass BLD Newark hosted a special luncheon, with video tributes, speeches and special presentations by BLD Newark Ministries. Besides those from Newark, in attendance were disciples of other BLD districts (Washington, Allentown, Trenton, Long Island), as well as some members of Couples for Christ, where Fr. Paul has also served as Spiritual Director.
Over the years, Fr. Paul has served the Church in many capacities, as chaplain, administrator and pastor. Of note were - his first assignment, as Assistant Pastor at St. John’s Parish in Bergenfield; and his 10-year tenure leading the flock at St. Antoninus Church in Newark, up until his retirement in 1999.
Summing up everyone’s affection for him, a disciple from one of the other districts exclaimed, “We will never miss this occasion. We cancelled all our activities so we can give our love and respect to Father.”
Since 1996, BLD Newark has had a special place in his Ministry. The Community will never be able to repay Fr. Paul for all the good that he has done and continues to do for us. Last Saturday, BLD Newark in turn, had the opportunity to express some of its gratitude - in dance, words and songs; additionally, in lieu of personal gifts, many generous donations were accepted (and can still be made) for the children’s Scholarship of Hope in the Fr. Paul Lehman GK Village in Cabiao Nueva Ecija, Philippines.