TICONDEROGA-The future is a bit uncertain for Father Bill Muench as he heads into retirement, but that's OK.
"I'm scared silly; in a lot of ways I have no idea what to expect," said Muench, who will celebrate his final Mass at St. Mary's Church in Ticonderoga June 26. "I realize there are a lot of possibilities out there. I hope to find a meaningful role where I can continue to help the church and people.
"There are so many things I'd like to do, that I need to do," Muench said. "I'm going to go out and find them."
Muench has been a priest 52 years, serving the last 15 years as pastor at St. Mary's in Ti and Sacred Heart in Crown Point. He retires this weekend.
His final Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. It will be followed by a retirement party at the Ti Knights of Columbus noon to 3 p.m.
As his retirement has drawn near, Muench has been feted by parishioners in Crown Point, students at St. Mary's School, the Knights of Columbus and others. All the attention has made him a bit uneasy.
"I feel like I'm at my own wake," he joked.
While Muench is retiring as a pastor, he'll remain a priest. He plans on living at St. Anthony's parish in Watertown and assisting the pastor there.
"One of the reasons I'm retiring now is that I have a good place to go," Munch said. "I'll be able to help that parish. I'll be very happy to help in any way they ask."
The move to Watertown will be a homecoming of sorts. Muench taught at Immaculate Heart High School in Watertown for several years.
Father Kevin McEwan, pastor of St Bartholomew's Church in Old Forge, will become the new pastor at St. Mary's and Sacred Heart June 29.