The Texas Blitz in Underway
As I mentioned in the last post, I am on a quick trip in Texas visiting with young men interested in looking at the possibility of joining our province. Yesterday I got up at 4:30 a.m. to catch an 8:00 a.m. flight to Atlanta and then on to Houston-Hobby where I arrived around noon. I hopped in a rental and drove to Beaumont to visit with the first prospective and then drove back to Houston for the evening.
I stayed with Fr. page Polk, O.F.M. who coordinates the Catholic Pastoral team at the Texas Medical University Hospitals. Page lives with three diocesan priests in the humble "mansion" shown above. (If the picture looks a bit fuzzy it is because the humidity was so high this morning that the camera lens kept fogging up. I thought I had it cleared, but obviously I didn't.) We feasted on Mexican fare at Mama Ninfa's. It was WONDERFUL. So was the Mexican food I had again tonight!
Today I drove to Richmond for the day's first visit and then on to San Antonio for the second visit of the day. I am staying here in San Antonio tonight (too late to do any sight seeing) and I fly to Lubbock, TX tomorrow.
This crazy schedule accomplishes two objectives: I get to visit with some good potentials and it gets me home in time for our house Day of Recollection and the celebration of Saint Clare. It will make for an ambitious week, but a very good one. I'm very happy with the visits I have had. It is good to meet young men with generous hearts and deep faith looking at our community as a possible place to share their life and talents. Pray for their continued discernment.
Pray also for the two men preparing to make their Solemn Vows on Saturday. If you are in the area of Cincinnati, join us for the celebration.