"Father Paul was the glue that held St. Michael's Anglican Church in Surrey together."This statement was made during the tribute component of a festive retirement lunch for St. Michael's Incumbent, the Reverend Paul Illical held August 29th, 2010.
The Parish Hall that Father Paul championed and built was packed to the rafters with parishioners and friends all present to bid farewell to a priest who had ministered in that place for 18 years.
The EmCee for the event was People's Warden, Dr. Emmanuel (Manny) Oyesiku who set the tone for the afternoon when he said "Today is a testimony of appreciation for what you've done for this parish. We are all your flock, we will miss you but we will never forget you." After these words Manny presented Father Paul with a beautiful plaque. (see images)
In response to the many kind words delivered by many speakers Father Paul stood at the lectern and spoke about ministry, how much he has benefitted from his being allowed to minister this community.
Paul expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the many pioneers of the parish, introducing those in attendance to the current congregation.
Father Paul had also prepared Certificates of Appreciation for a variety of individuals both past and present from many parish ministries and groups. On a day where he was receiving the tributes he chose to share the spotlight with others.
There was singing, and gifts and of cours...cake.
May God Bless your future ministry Father Paul and may you enjoy many Happy Years in the next phase of life.