A Difficult Anniversary
June 19th was the forty-first anniversary of our brother’s, Fr. Christopher Senk, ordination to the priesthood. We remember well the pride of our family who had gathered from both coasts at St. Anselm Abbey and College to witness and celebrate the event, and we continue to look with pride on all the years that our brother Fr. Christopher has served as a priest. Everywhere he found himself, whether at the Abbey in New Hampshire, the Priory school in California, the college in New Jersey, or the three parishes where he has served in southwest Florida (Port Charlotte, Palmetto, Sanibel), he served with integrity and with the kind of sensitivity expected of a good pastor. Everywhere our brother has served he created special communities, communities that were Christ-centered, bringing people together in love. There is no place where he has served where he cannot number lasting friendships. I know we speak for so many when we say that all those who have known him have no doubts about his integrity, and no amount of ranting by a Bishop or wealthy strangers from Baltimore will diminish our love for him or stop us from seeking justice for him.
Bishop Dewane, what you have done for the last eight months is unconscionable. You have tortured our brother Fr. Christopher, our family, the parish of St. Isabel, and all those who love our brother and believe in him. You have done this with no regard for our brother’s reputation, and you continue on this evil path because you have no concern for anything or anyone but yourself. At this point all you want to do is win, at any cost, even when destroying people and their faith is the price. Your arrogance has convinced you that you have only done what you had to do, and you have spent eight months now trying to prove the baseless allegations you started with in October, still without any hard evidence that any of them were true.
Who measures the pain and suffering of all of us? You are the one solely responsible for that pain and suffering, and as a family we continue to be amazed that you are able to sleep nights knowing how much harm you have caused. It also amazes us how the Church we were raised in, a Church so beautifully represented by Pope Francis and all that is good, allows you to continue as the chief shepherd in southwest Florida.
We beg you Bishop Dewane, admit that you are wrong. Swallow your pride and do what is right. Restore our brother’s reputation, reinstate him as pastor of St. Isabel, and allow him to spend his final years before retirement healing the wounds you have so needlessly inflicted on the Sanibel Parish.
Lynn C. Senk
Cheryl A. Munger