As One Chapter Ends, Another One Begins!

Saint Norbert Abbey Canonry Chapter 2008 came to a conclusion on Friday, 6 June 2008, the Solemnity of our Holy Father, Saint Norbert with the ordination of our confrere, Frater Robert Campbell, O. Praem. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the ordination because I am currently up north presiding over the wedding of my niece, Jolynn. After the nuptials, I'll be sure to give you a full report on my first 'priestly experience' with my family since my ordination and Mass of Thanksgiving back in January of 1993.

Bob's a good guy with an impressive pastoral spirit. While I've never had the opportunity to hear Bob preach as of yet, he is one of the best lectors we have. His Eastern Massachusetts accent makes sacred scripture sound so sophisticated, although I suspect the evangelists, St. Paul and Jesus did not sound like a Kennedy!

As I skirted out of town yesterday I made a pit stop at Barnes & Noble to purchase "Always By My Side." I saw CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz in an interview on Fox & Friends on Friday morning. The interview was very inspiring as Jim accounted his recent activities in the world of sports announcing and how he wished he had the opportunity to share these special, milestone moments with his father. Unfortunately, his dad is living with Alzheimer's, so Jim's #1 mentor-turned-fan did not have the capacity to share in the fullness of his son's accomplishments. So far, I've only ready the introduction and chapter one, but it's an easy, quick and very inspiring read. Just in time for Father's Day?

I'll be in Antigo for a few days. Again, Jolynn's rehearsal was last night at St. Joe's in Phlox. The wedding will take place today at 2:00 PM [with major storms coming from the west!]. Father John Bostwick, O. Praem. was kind enough to take Old Saint Joe's Sunday Mass so that I can stay here to take my mom to her procedures in Wausau early this week.

In the midst of all of this, I'll stay 'posted,' hoping you will too! I'll finish up on the wedding homily now and then resume to chapter two in Jim Nantz's book. So long for now; stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

I hope and pray that the procedure went well for your Mom. Please know that you and your Mom and Dad are in my daily prayers.
And, yes, Father John did a great job on Sunday with an inspiring homily; you might want to ask him about his comment "that he sometimes fell asleep during our Pastor's homily" ... oh yes, we were out of church by 10:50! (It was a full house!)

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