I heard everything went well for the Matthew Gembrowski’s Candidacy ceremony and Bishop Gruss’s visit last weekend. It’s quite an honor for our parish to celebrate. We ask God to continue to guide Matt as he begins his theology studies at Mundelein Seminary. May God bring to completion the good work he has begun in him. Thanks for all who helped with the Mass, especially Fr. Matt and our seminarians and for all who prepared and provided for the reception after. Also thanks to Drew Derosier from making the grounds look so good. We gave a good first impression to the Bishop. You all did great.
I’m making my re-entry at a steady pace. I had a wonderful sabbatical at St. Meinrad’s which is the home of a Benedictine Archabbey and a School of Theology. I went there for college seminary from 1970 to 1974. The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates is based there and they have a variety of programs for priests throughout the year. Their Mini-sabbatical program featured different classes on scripture, spirituality, health, the arts and a few day trips. It also provided plenty of time to rest, read and reflect. It was a good experience which I believe will bear good fruit. Thanks for your prayers during my time away and I apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. I’m here for the duration now.