A Holiday Reunion and a Parish Transportation Service That Keeps Rolling Along


Daniel Cruz, OFM (left) and Patrick Tuttle, OFM (right), took a selfie when they met up during the holiday season.

Patrick Tuttle, OFM, pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Macon, Georgia, and Daniel Cruz, OFM, who was on a holiday break from his studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois, met halfway between Macon and Columbus, Ohio, to catch up and support each other over the Christmas holiday. It was a reunion of sorts because Daniel was part of the Franciscan fraternity in Macon last summer when he served in parish ministry as an intern at Holy Spirit Church and St. Peter Claver Church, the latter where William McIntyre, OFM, is pastor.

Patrick also reports that Holy Spirit’s parish transportation ministry is going strong – thanks to Holy Name Province’s assistance with maintenance and repairs to the three-vehicle fleet. Patrick originally had “rescued” the vehicles from the scrap heap. The seven-seat mini-van, 55-seat school bus, and hydraulic lift-equipped 15-passenger van comprise Holy Spirit Transportation.

Holy Spirit Transportation is used to transport parishioners and their friends to area outings and trips.

The service was rolled out last year to provide rides to the poor, financially struggling, and homeless populations of the Macon community. Holy Spirit Transportation continues to assist the city of Macon in transporting the homeless to overnight shelters during extreme weather and when government resources are overburdened, according to Patrick.

Holy Spirit Transportation, the initiative started by Patrick Tuttle, OFM, pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Macon, Georgia, transports the homeless to local shelters.

He said the fleet has also been used to transport parishioners and their friends to “a few simple outings and trips” in the area – and that everyone who benefits from the service are grateful for HNP’s support in keeping the wheels turning.

“Glad to be holy rolling!” said Patrick.