St. Michael’s welcomes Fr. Tom Bouffard

INDUCTION: The Rev. Thomas F. Boufford was inducted in September at St. Michael in Remus. Pictured are (from left) John Mayer, Bob Wylor, George Groll, Bishop David Walkowiak, Father Tom Boufford, Ron Marek, Steve Peck and Dale Korson. (Courtesy photo)

INDUCTION: The Rev. Thomas F. Boufford was inducted in September at St. Michael in Remus. Pictured are (from left) John Mayer, Bob Wylor, George Groll, Bishop David Walkowiak, Father Tom Boufford, Ron Marek, Steve Peck and Dale Korson. (Courtesy photo)

REMUS — This summer, a new face stood behind the pulpit of St. Michael Catholic Church in Remus.

The Rev. Thomas F. Boufford was appointed pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Remus by Bishop David Walkowiak in July. He was formally inducted on Sept. 17, and has been settling into his role at St. Michael.

“New pastors are assigned to a parish, formally introduced and inducted by the bishop into the parish community,” Boufford explained. “It’s basically a sign of support on behalf of the bishop to the local parish.”

While he may be new to St. Michael, Boufford is experienced in leading a flock. He is currently celebrating his 35th year of ordination to the priesthood. Immediately prior to St. Michael, he was pastor of Saint Peter-Saint Paul Parish, in Ionia, and St. Edward Parish, in Lake Odessa. Earlier appointments include positions in Muskegon, Sparta, Portland, Newaygo and time at Evart, Reed City, Marion and Big Rapids.

“Normally, pastors stay in a parish for six years, and it’s possible to have another six years with the permission of the bishop,” Boufford said. “I certainly intend to stay here for six years and maybe beyond.

“I certainly enjoy rural life and rural areas,” he continued. “I enjoy the people here and this area fits my lifestyle.”

Boufford enjoys working with people through his ministry and getting to know them.

“I really enjoy the people I work with, and sharing their lives with them,” he said. “I’m trying to make a difference in a positive way for all the people I meet. At times it’s hard, and you grieve with a family, but you get to share their happiness too, with weddings and baptisms.”

While the congregation of St. Michael has had a chance to know Boufford since this summer, he hopes to extend into the greater community as well.

“I hope I would be very welcoming to all people and be involved in the life of the larger community,” he said. “I like to get out to community events when I can and I certainly welcome all people to come to St. Michael and take advantage of what we have to offer in the church and the school.

“I plan to do what I can to help the parish grow and support the good being done in the larger community.”

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