Franciscan Prospect makes Sunday Paper
Little did I know that when I came to England to teach for a few weeks I would miss the debut of one of our prospectives as a featured commentator in the Cincinnati paper last Sunday. Well, maybe I exaggerate a bit, but a comment by Michael Charron, who made a Come and See weekend last March, did appear in last Sunday's Enquirer. It seems Michael was at a Theology on Tap gathering at Tickets sports bar in Covington, KY on Thursday, May 11, where the "The Da Vinci Code" was discussed. If you are interested in reading the article, and reading Michael's comment, go to: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060521/COL05/605210307/-1/columnists.
The fact that I am using a slightly old picture tells you that I have not been able to get out and take any new ones so far this week. The weather has been very chilly, rainy, and windy. Just the walk from my dorm to the Centre--about 30 seconds worth of easy walking--has been noticeably brisk. So far I have avoided getting caught in one of the major downpours. This area of Kent is suffering from a drought due to two dry winters, so I guess I shouldn't begrudge them a little water.
I continue to be impressed with the group I am teaching. Their participation and varying insights make for very interesting classroom discussions. This morning, for example, we used the situation of an elderly widow needing attention while her two married sons agonize over how to address her needs and still remain supportive of their own families. Needless to say, the varying cultures viewed the situation very, very differently. The role of the elderly in the broader family structure proved to be the area of greatest difference within the cultures represented in the class.
If any other prospective Franciscan (or any of the friars, etc.) has a debut or is involved in anything he would like to share with others, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see about putting it in this blog.