Maintaining St. Thomas More Parish
(Pictured above) Richard and his wife, Kathy, just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary
By Leo Wozniak
“Pristine” might be going a little overboard. But, on the other hand, that term is not too far from a good description of what the St. Thomas More parish grounds look like. Current parishioners and visitors find it easy to note that the parish church and other buildings always seem to be looking at their best.
But as every homeowner knows, keeping facilities looking their best is not automatic.
It takes some work, time and dedication.
And all of that is in the hands of parishioner Richard Morgan, the parish’s Maintenance and Facilities Director.
He’s been at the job since January 2003, keeping the parish well maintained and clean.
Richard says, “I’m responsible for the interior and exterior of the buildings, but not the grounds. Landscapers take care of that.
“I also set up the rooms and other church areas prior to use by the parish’s many ministries.”
Richard does have help from two maintenance men who alternate working every other Sunday and two women who clean the church on Sundays and the hall on Wednesdays.
His prior life experiences somewhat prepared him for what he does now. He was a sawmill foreman in Wisconsin and later, working with special needs children in Minnesota, he was a private contractor for building equipment for those students.
But we can’t ignore another part of Richard’s past life. For several years, he played bass guitar and drums in road bands, and he continues using these talents by playing drums with the parish choir on Sundays.
While he was born in Minnesota, and Kathy in North Dakota, they also have lived in Wisconsin, where their son still lives. A daughter, three granddaughters and a great grandson live here in Arizona.
“I’m grateful as well as blessed to be working with and for Father Jim, the staff and our parishioners,” Richard says. “I consider them my friends and family.”December 31, 2017