Sorry for the long delay in posting. My last reflection was posting on the Easter Vigil, and I hope that everyone is having a transformative Easter season! As we gradually experience this tranformation of new life, we here are living that transformation on many personal and professional levels as well, so the liturgy and life are truly wedded.
During Easter Week, I flew to Nashville to address the annual convention of the National Association of Deacon Directors (NADD), and had the chance to spend some time with a friend from college who is now the Bishop of Nashville, Bishop Dave Choby. It was good to visit with him and to sip a little Jack Daniels and share a few stories from "the old days". Then I flew home to assist and preach at the Baccalaureate Mass for the graduates, families, faculty and administration of Saint Leo University. It was quite an honor to preach the Mass, presided over by Abbott Isaac Camacho, OSB, since this was my last official act as a member of the faculty of the University.
This past week, then, I moved out of my University office (which was about half the size of the office depicted in this photo!), and my wife and I are packing up for our move to the Diocese of Monterey, California! It will begin with a drive up to Charleston, SC, where I will spend the day with the diaconate community there, and then head out due West until we hit California!
So, keep us in prayer as we begin yet another chapter in our adventure of life and discipleship. Now that the school year is ended, I'll be posting more regularly!