We have arrived. The bus trip was, as anticipated, long.
Six buses picked up young people from all around the diocese and we all converged on St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville for our Pilgrim’s Mass. Amazingly, the buses kinda converged together very much within the same time… always like it when a plan comes together. Father Michael Jedrick, the pastor there, and his team provided great hospitality and he was a fired-up presider with a church filled with young people on a late Wednesday night. The St. Timothy in Walkersville Youth Band provided music. And Father Matt Buenning blew the roof off the church with a rousing homily that placed the readings in the theme of our conference and challenged us to experience our travels (and he was on the bus, as well) as pilgrimage.
We climbed onto our buses, popped a video on the screens, blew up our inflatable neck pillows, and hunkered down for the night. The next morning, we pulled into Old Country Buffet for a filling breakfast. (We were happy to be out of our bus seats!)
When we arrived at our hotel, we were fortunate to have our conference credentials and our room keys waiting for us, so we were off for a shower and a change of clothes. After that, the ArchBalt converged on both the city and the conference. They toured the exhibit hall, and Matt Palmer toured it with one of our parishes.