Youth Conference and visits in Texas
I arrived in Houston last Wednesday and began visiting prospectives in the greater Houston area--four in all. Friday evening and Saturday I participated in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Youth Conference. Yesterday, Sunday, I drove to the San Antonio area to visit a young man and today I move on to Austin where I will have three visits and then I'll fly home on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, I left my camera at home, :-( But that wasn't the only "disaster." I had sent some presentation materials ahead by UPS expecting them to be in Houston when I arrived. They weren't; nor did they arrive in time for the opening of the conference on Friday evening. While at the conference, roaming around visiting since I had no display nor any handouts, I found out that a big two-trailer UPS truck caught fire in Houston this week. My packages did arrive late Friday evening, but some of the material was water damaged. Hay, ya gotta be flexible. :-) I still had a great time at the conference.
The Youth Conference was inspiring. Over 1000 teenagers and young adults gathered for a weekend of prayer and talks with lots of music and singing and fun. I was present for the Saturday morning Eucharist and found it to be a very beautiful experience. Seeing that many young people singing and praising God along with their chaperons, parents, and youth ministers was a sight to behold.
Having a good number of men to visit in this part of the state is also inspiring. God is working among our young people and the present generation seems open and willing to listen to his call.
I just returned from morning Mass with the young man I visited yesterday. I am a little tired from the traveling, but very happy with the outcome of the trip.