News from Around:
We are ramping up for NCYC
BALTIMORE, MD – Two years ago, Emily Moesner didn’t know what to expect as she headed to Kansas City, Mo. For the National Catholic Youth Conference. By the end of the first night there, she was transformed. “It was amazing how many people were there,” Moesner said. “People were going crazy for Jesus. I definitely changed my attitude and the way I worship. It made me pray differently and I try to incorporate that into my life.” Moesner shared her enthusiasm with nearly 300 people at Monsignor Slade School in Glen Burnie Oct. 30. The Archdiocese of Baltimore delegation of both NCYC veterans and rookies gathered as they prepared to head to the national event of praise and worship in Indianapolis Nov. 17-19. Ream more in the Catholic Review
Bishop Timothy Doherty of the Lafayette, Indiana diocese recently wrote in his diocesan newspaper about why he is attending NYCYC
One obvious reason is to support our diocesan and Indiana youth. This is true, with a secondary twist: I can learn things there that are not available in articles or second-hand reports. I have heard this from bishops for years; now it is my turn to find out what they mean.
What might I be looking for? This kind of conference is a pilgrimage of sorts. Pilgrims look for celebration, renewal and growth by changing their surroundings. While faith and prayer will receive much attention, so will our world. Our daily contexts will reflect a different light. That light is the Holy Spirit.
I am also looking for expressions of faith, hope and joy that do not carry all the freight of tradition (small ‘t’). I sometimes muse that it has become too difficult to become a Catholic, too hard to stay one… Read the whole article from the Catholic Moment.
News from ‘Round Here:
In the earliest hours of Monday, I was “dropboxing” videos and completing production of the final video (mine, natch!) for ReBuild. A friend came of in the late afternoon for homework space and to serve as my guinea pig audience. It was actually a great relief to pass the baton on to Tony on this project. It was a quiet day in the office, so lots of little movement on projects. I bought lunch for all of the Department’s administrative help, just because.
This middle of the week was out of the frying pan and into the fire. Our division staff meeting on Tuesday led into a two overnight planning retreat with the executive leadership of the evangelization department. If it sounds heady, well, please know that I was snifflely and sneezy throughout and that there was only three of us so my professional extrovert remained “on” throughout and my personal extrovert just wanted my blanket.
The grounds at Priestfiled, WV (where our retreat was held where beautiful in autumn. Here;s a retrospective:
I returned November 3 to catch a brief amount of desk time before the event that was ReBuild my Church. Over 180 viewing site, many from Maryland, viewing parties in Wichita, in a classroom at Franciscan, in other countries… awesome! Just to keep me reasonably humble, there was a meeting immediately proceeding after the internet broadcast.riday
Friday, I taught a class (live). Saturday was mostly a day or rest and rehabilitation from a head cold. I attended Mass at New All Saints as the celebrated both the vigil as well as the beginning of National Black Catholic History month. Sunday, I continued my use of my investment in NyQuil and DayQuill. In late afternoon, I headed out for a dinner with the Msgr. O’Dwyer Youth Retreat House Clergy Council. The evening finished with the Ravens/ Steelers Sunday Night Football game and a stunning come-from-behind victory as we swept the season series.