News from Around:
PITTSBURGH, PA – On Thursday night last week, at the Catholic Press Awards, our diocesan paper, the Catholic Review won two first-place and three second-place honors. Archbishop O’Brien received a first place for best regular column in a newspaper.
But, the surprise was that I won first place honors for best feature article in a religious order magazine! The article, to which you can connect from here was for the National Religious Vocation Conference which has a journal named Horizons and, in May, published an article Using New Media to Promote Vocations written by yours truly.
EVASVILLE,IL – Rev. Gerald Gettelfinger is retiring in the Diocese of Evansville. his is not normally news here, but beyond administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to thousands of Catholic youth in parishes throughout the diocese, he was a local and national Boy Scout leader and helped develop "Teens Encounter Christ" and "Communion and Liberation," two organizations for youth in the diocese. His retirement plans include plans to spend the summer at the Philmont Scout Reserve in New Mexico. Read more from the Courier Press
News from ‘Round Here:
The kids all checked in during the days around Father’s Day so last Sunday was quiet. A sleep-in and afternoon mass at the Basilica. Monday and Tuesday revolved around an office writing project – a direction statement that has received some initial good feedback. Monday has an extended session on the elementary curriculum and Tuesday was also one-on-one supervision day.
Wednesday and Thursday were very full, The middle of the week started with the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal distributing $50,000 in youth ministry funding, there was an e-team resource day in the afternoon, and the evening involved a meeting with our young animators for NCYC. Thursday was a early morning meeting with my boss, Fr. John Hurley; an e-team meeting; lunch with the same boss and teammates Georgina and Margaret. Then, I met with Gene Monterastelli at a Starbucks for some web assistance, went to Loyola College to watch former teammate, Dr. Kristin Witte preside at evening prayer during student orientation, stopped off at a workcamp, hit a dinner with the local daughters, and then crashed (hard) into bed.
Friday, and Saturday I did some office shopping in the mornings. Friday also involved a great visit and Basilica tour with roaming musicians Chelsea and Hawk. Thanks, guys! The rest of the weekend was primarily just chillin’.