Happy Wednesday to all.
The annual J.S. Paluch Vocations Seminar has been taking place this week at a nearby hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. This is one of those things that this company does that has really made a difference. Each year for the past 26 years, the Paluch company has brought together experts from all over the United States and Canada to focus on the cultivation of vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and married life. There are people here from the USCCB, from the various national vocations conferences and offices, Catholic seminaries and schools of ministry; the list goes on and on.
Yesterday's keynote presentation was given by Bishop Christopher Coyne, auxilary bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. When I found out that Chris was going to be the keynote presenter and celebrant at Mass, I was excited. You see, Chris and I went to school together at Woburn High School in Woburn, Massachusetts. We were actually in home room together in our senior year. Our families were quite close; his sister and my sister worked together at Sears for years. I even helped with the music at his sister's wedding. It was such a delight to re-connect with Chris yesterday. His presentation was excellent. Here he is in action at the seminar:
As part of our "thank you" to Bishop Coyne, we gave him one of our new ceremonial tablet cases, which you can see in the foreground. He immediately placed his iPad within it and thanked us publicly for such a "cool" gift!
After dinner last night, WLP artist Noelle Garcia, her husband David, and their band members presented a delightful concert. They are actually on their way to Dodge City, Kansas, their new home. So they had their children with them. Here is a shot of Noelle singing, with her daughter Lucia in her arms. Talk about a wonderful statement of the vocation to marriage!
All in all, it was a wonderful day.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.