PLAINFIELD — For Father Kevin Morris, the Plainfield community and St. Susanna Church has become “home.”
Morris, who grew up on the eastside of Indianapolis, has spent much of his life in the Plainfield community, which makes his impending move to Richmond even more difficult.
“I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere before,” Morris said. “I’m a rarity in the priesthood because I’ve lived here longer than I was married. This has become home for me. We have grown quite a bit, this is my baby.”
Morris will leave for his new home after the Sunday service and a post-mass reception.
“I’m going to stop and visit some friends on the way and probably be there sometime Sunday evening,” he said.
Though Morris is leery to have someone else take over “his baby,” he said he’s pleased that it’s Father Glenn O’Connor stepping in.
“Father Glenn O’Connor is coming from St. Joe’s, which isn’t that far away,” Morris said. “Glenn is the only priest that’s loonier than I am, in a good way. I was very happy to hear that it was Glenn. I think that they’ll transition OK. I think that it will be a different style. Glenn is a little more energetic and he’s more around. I’m mostly a home body. He’s involved with the IRL and the racing teams, so he’s around a lot.”
Morris said that O’Connor is also very big on Catholic education and the school. He said that he has a nice sense of humor and quick masses, which Morris joked would be appreciated.
Though he doesn’t want to go, Morris said that he’s looking forward to a “new challenge.”
“There are going to be three parishes,” he said. “It’s kind of a different thing. There are two school systems. At the three parishes, one parish has a preschool through third grade, one parish has fourth through sixth, and one parish has seventh through 12th. There is a high school and grade school system there, with different principals.”
Morris said he’s also aware that they do things differently there, which might be out of his normal comfort zone, but he’s excited for the opportunity to learn.
When he was first ordained, Morris spent two years in Richmond.
“It’s kind of like the conquering hero returns,” he joked.
Morris said that when it was announced that he was coming on, he was told that they started clapping in Richmond.
Having family and friends in the area, Morris said that he will be back around Plainfield often.