NRVC Conference in Louisville, KY
A little over 400 Vocation Directors from across the country have gathered in Louisville, KY for the NRVC (National Religious Vocation Conference) Conference. The national group meets every other year for five days of input, sharing, prayer, and general support for one another. Today we were privileged to hear Fr. Donald Senior, A Passionist Priest and President of Catholic Theological Union speak of Saint Paul and the Gospels as a guide for vocation work.
Today ended with a procession from the Galt House Hotel to the Cathedral for Solemn Vespers. The procession spread over a couple of blocks at least. The Archbishop greeted us at the Cathedral where he led us in Evening Prayer. It was impressive to walk through the city in silence with police escort to control traffic and to witness to our work. The two friars pictures above are Fr. Michael and Fr. Patrick, a Conventual and a Third Order Regular Franciscan in attendance.
I am staying with Fr. Paul Scholmer, O.F.M. Conv. here in Louisville. After Vespers Paul and I didn't want to walk all the way back to the Hotel to change cloths, so we went to an English Pub in our habits for dinner. We then walked the busy streets of Louisville answering questions and explaining to people why they were seeing so many Religious in the area.
Perhaps the high point of the evening was having our pictures taken with the Devil. A young woman in a very elaborate devil costume was on the street and when she saw us she wanted to have her picture taken with us. Well, this drew quite a crowd and we had a lot of fun. We also had our picture taken with the Kentucky Colonel.