Lots has been happening, so to catch up:
The rumors are true: my 19th niece/nephew is on the way! Friday night confirmed that my sister Tania is expecting her 5th. This news, of course, prompted my mother to look at my other siblings and remark: "Isn't 19 a horrible number to land on for grandchildren? Doesn't 20 have a much better ring to it?"
Last Thursday night saw the official charter of the Serra Club of Sidney/St. Marys Deaneries, which marks the northern two deaneries of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It was a great evening, with much celebration, and a wonderful reflection on the Call to the Priesthood by Bishop Binzer to culminate the night. Thanks to all who worked so tirelessly to make it happen.
Yesterday, (October 16) saw the inauguration of Fr. Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh as the 35th President/Rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West and the Athenaeum of Ohio. Here's hoping he publishes that speech, it was absolutely fantastic!
(Oh, the Seminary has a new web presence, too; be sure to check it out.)
Tomorrow, I am visiting our college seminarians at the Pontifical College Josephinum, which is always a good time.
This week the Vocation Office is hosting two Andrew Dinners: Wednesday at Our Lady of Victory in Delhi and Thursday at St. Helen's in Dayton; doors open by 5:30, grub at 6:00, all done by 8:00.
Thursday is also the priest's convocation at Incarnation, Centerville. Pray for us that day, would you?
This coming weekend marks quite a few events:
1) Parrhesia Conference Saturday, October 22, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.
2) Deep in History Conference, Oct. 21-23 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus. I'll once again be leading the Holy Hour Saturday night, if you are there, stop by and say hi.
3) Cast Your Nets - Dayton is Sunday, October 23, 2011, at St. Luke's, Beavercreek, featuring Tony Melendez. Again, stop by and say Hi if you're there.
Next Monday, I leave, with a priest buddy, for six days of much needed vacation in the Big Apple. Why we're going to the city that never sleeps when I need more sleep than usual is besides me, but more importantly: what should two mid-western priests see and/or do while in the Capital of the World?