News from All Around:
BALTIMORE, MD — The Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry honored the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s current longest-tenured youth minister with the prestigious Cardinal Shehan Award May 3 at St. Matthew Parish in Northwood. Twelve others, including Patti Murphy Dohn of The John Carroll School (pictured here) were recognized with the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Medal of Honor and the For God and Youth Award, and others were recognized as Volunteers of the Year. Read more from the Catholic Review.
PORTLAND, OR –R600 teens from western Oregon trekked across Portland April 28, carrying an eight-foot-tall cross and praying as they passed storefronts and houses. The second biennial Archdiocese of Portland Pilgrimage Walk wound 6.2 miles from the Grotto to St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with stops for music, prayer, inspirational talks and good works.
"This day is going to change my life," said Mary Vasquez, a 15-year-old member of St. Anne Parish in Gresham. "We walked and saw so many people who need help and I’m just always going to remember that and keep helping."
"I think it’s a great way for them to spend their energy," said Jack Platt, a volunteer who had come from St. Joseph Parish in Salem to lend support.
News from ‘Round Here:
It was an amazing wonderful and busy week, starting with Monday. My son from Hawaii called with updates regarding his promotion as well as a summer time-time for discharge as he completes his four-year commitment to the US Army. Lots of desk work, including finalizing a draft of a high School conference on the New Evangelization next fall.
Tuesday we stated off with an Annual Recognition Celebration script review –pretty good, short and sweet, creative and diverse. We offered each other positive critique and then broke into one-on-one supervision which, while very good, led into early afternoon. I left early to do some shopping and prep for hosting our pilgrimage evaluation meeting. Good food and good energy!
I was in early Wednesday processing minutes from the night before. I attended a school’s in-service on bullying, had a lunch-off with a friend, picked up the ARC awards, went back to the office and dealt with an internal issue and drafted a program flier before heading home.
Another very full day Thursday which ended with the Annual Recognition Celebration (see left) The morning started with shopping for some of the catering, an e-team check-in, some conferencing related to Equip, and finalized the flier. So… you’ll understand that on Friday I did very little more intentional than have breakfast with my oldest daughter and visit a sick friend in the evening.
Saturday was a relaxing day as well culminating in assisting with the hosting of a meal- lots of prep! Sunday involved primarily delivery of some materials to a staff person travelling to the western half of the diocese the next day, set up for a project that didn’t pan out, and placing the stylized version of the banners atop the blog page which were sent in by Gene. Thanks for making the site look cooler, Gene!