Voices of parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe joyfully blessed America and the return of Father Dan Farley.
"We've been waiting for quite some time to see Father Dan again," says Sally Crane a church member at St. Maximilian Kolbe's.
After ministering to soldiers for 17 months in Iraq, Father Dan is home. For Sally Crane, he's more than just a faith leader. He's helped her one son as he battles a chronic disease and supported her other son as he studies for the priesthood. She says Father Dan's departure left a hole.
"It was very hard not just for us, but for everyone here not only not knowing what was going to happen to him, but also to the church," Crane says.
Now that Father Dan's back, a weight has been lifted, thanks in part to his faithful flock. Father Dan says that prayers from his home parish brought him back safely.
"A number of miracles that I'm aware of [occurred to show] that indeed God did answer their prayers."
In a ceremony after the Mass, Father Dan extinguished the vigil candle lit for his safety, but the flame wasn't out for long.
"Now we've re-lit that candle for the purpose of praying for our soldiers that are currently in Iraq," says Father Dan.
After his travels, Father Dan says he won't forget the men and women fighting for this country. He's planning on serving as a contact person for families with loved ones in the military.