Here we are moving through the month of May. In some ways May is a busy month for so many people. It's a time for graduation and weddings and other family events. This year I have two grandnieces graduating from high school and one graduating from Missouri University with her doctorate in physical therapy. I don't think there are any weddings in our family this year.
Our own students here in the seminary graduate and close the school year on Sunday, May 16, the Solemnity of the Ascension. Things will be a little more quiet during the summer but we will still be busy, I'm sure. Weekend pastoral assignments usually increase during the summer.
I have been on the road a lot the last month or so taking people to the doctor either in Maryville or St. Joseph, and going to parishes for weekend Masses. Last weekend (May 1-2) I was at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in St. Joseph for the weekend Masses, then I returned to the Abbey very briefly Sunday afternoon, before leaving for Des Moines for an oblate meeting Sunday evening. We prayed evening prayer together at 5:30 PM and that was followed by a pot-luck dinner, visiting and a talk by myself. About 50 people attended the meeting.
This coming weekend, May 8-9, I again go to St. Joseph to the same parish for the weekend Masses. I enjoy this work very much and find the people always so appreciative and hospitable, but I have to say it wears me out more than formerly. I guess that is part of getting older. Last weekend at this parish I met a former classmate here at Conception, Louis Luke. I came to Concepti0n as a sophomore in high school in 1948, Louie was here already in 1947 but we spent three years of high school together. It was great to visit with him after so many years. People at the parish could hardly believe we came to school here so many years ago. At that time of course Conception had a high school, college and theology school.
The black & white picture is of the
sophomore class of 1948-49. In the 2nd row the 2nd person from the left is Louie Luke. The one on the far right in the same row is Fr. Kenneth.
The other picture was taken May 2, 2010 of the same two people.
The weekends of May 15-16 and May 22-23, I will be at my home parish at Brunswick, Missouri. The pastor is going to Ireland so he asked us to cover the parish. Naturally I was happy to go when the Prior asked me if I could do that. It's always good to go back there, although I find I know fewer and fewer of the people. I do still have a number of relatives who live in the area.
We had almost two inches of rain last night and it is much cooler today and very windy. For those who are alumni you might like to know that, yes, we do still have May Day, and this year it was moved up to April 29, since they were predicting rain for some days after that. It was good we moved it as we did have rain for a few days.
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