Busy Week in Chicago and at "CREDO I believe"
Monday, September 22, I drove to Chicago to participate in a meeting at Catholic Theological Union (pictured on the left). CTU, as it is often referred to, is the school where our men in formation study theology during their years in Temporary Vows and, in some case, during their early years of Solemn Vows. The building is new and quite comfortable. For example, the student lounge (pictured on the right) affords the students a pleasant place to study and relax between classes.
While in Chicago, I stayed at Saint Joseph Friary (pictured on the left) which is an interprovincial house where our men and those of of Sacred Heart and Assumption Provinces in Temporary vows live with their directors. Parking is always a "joy" in Chicago, but if you look closely at the photo of St. Joe's and notice the first white car parked off to the right you will witness a minor miracle. That is my car and I found that place open late Tuesday evening when I returned to the friary.
Later in the week I returned to CTU to attend the Catholics on Call Partners Conference. The Catholics on Call program is a faith sharing/building week for young adults sponsored by CTU and its membership. We Franciscans of Saint John the Baptist Province are partners int he program. We spent a couple of days led by Fr. Tom Rausch, S.J. (pictured on the far right) looking into the faith development of young adults. I sat at table with Stephanie Flax (pictures near right) who is presently a Dominican Volunteer.
Saturday and Sunday I was back in Cincinnati having a great time at the CREDO: I Believe weekend sponsored by the Dominicans and held at Moeller High School on the east side of the city. Over two hundred high school and college men and women joined in a prayerful and joy filled weekend. One of the powerful speaks was Daniel diSilve (pictured on the left) who spoke on the beauty of chaste relationships. I was privileged to be the main celebrant for Sunday morning Liturgy. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the program and to work with some very dedicated laymen and women as well as my Dominican Brothers and some of the Transitional Deacons of our Archdiocese.
Today I am back in the office trying to catch up---and stay awake.