Reflection on Franciscan Family
Last evening our dorm, Kolbe House, hosted a supper for the Temporarily Professed Franciscans and some of the lay students. (I am told that the house hosts parties for various groups throughout the year.) I felt very blessed to have arrived at the house in time for this gathering because it gave me a good chance to meet informally with some of the students of the Centre. Our meal was prepared by three of my housemates: a Singaporean Diocesan Priest, an Ethiopian Capuchin, and an American Franciscan. The guests included student friars from England and Ireland, two young lay women from Germany, a young lay man from Hungry, and a Conventual Postulant from the States. All associated with the Franciscan Family in one way or another. What a marvelous experience of the breadth of the Franciscan Family. As I went to bed last night I thanked God for this opportunity to experience such a culturally diverse mix of Franciscans.
Yesterday afternoon the sun came out so I hurried down the street to get some pictures of the locality and the Cathedral from the vantage point of the University of Kent campus. As soon as I left the house it began to cloud up again, but I managed to get the house on the left which sits literally right on the street. (Driving past it demands courtesy from the drivers from both directions.) I also got a few shots of Canterbury and the Cathedral before the rain returned and forced my to give up.
I start classes tomorrow morning. I'm certainly looking forward to teaching Moral Theology to an internationally diverse class. With my American accent and rather limited cultural experience, I have a feeling it will be challenging for both me and the students.