It is with sadness that I must resign from my position at Music Coordinator and Keyboardist. Our Senior Warden Connie Bley announced this news on my behalf on May 6, but it is appropriate for me to write a few words to the congregation.
As a non-American citizen working toward my PhD in Music, I am legally allowed by the US government to work for one year before or after I finish my degree. This work permission and my visa will expire in the summer. My family and I must leave the country, or else we will be considered as illegal immigrants. If I wish to stay and work in this country, my employer must demonstrate that the job cannot be performed by any other American individual, and have the financial and legal resources to file a lengthy, time-consuming application on my behalf. This is too much to ask of for my other part-time position at UC San Diego, and definitely so for a part-time position at St. Mary's. When I took the position at St. Mary's last year, I was hopeful of getting a job somewhere in the US that will sponsor a working visa for me. But it seems that God - as she always does - have other plans.
You all have been extremely welcoming and sweet to me. My wife Cherry loves the family vibe of this special place. Trevor felt free roaming around the sanctuary. I have enjoyed every moment here and learned a lot from all of you. I cannot tell you how sad I was when I realized I must leave St. Mary's. Some of you knew something's "wrong" with me on the Sunday before Connie made the announcement of my resignation. This tells me how much I am being loved and cared for in this community, something that I doubt I will find elsewhere in this world.
I will be with you on all Sundays until 17 June. At the meantime, I will be preparing a new songbook for St. Mary's and assisting in the effort to hire a new Music Director/Coordinator and Keyboardist.