It has been a a whirlwind of activity during the last week. On Wednesday I served as a deacon for the funeral of Barbara Murray. Although I didn't know her well, I know several of her children and grandchildren. It is obvious through each of them that Barbara was a wonderful woman. I continue to keep the family in my prayers through this transition in life.
On Friday I served as a deacon for the ordination of two men to the priesthood. This was a beautiful celebration. The huge impact of such a life transition for these two families is monumental. It was wonderful that Fr. Hiep was able to have family members from Vietnam present for the ordination ceremony. I extend my congratulations as well as my prayers to both Fr. Hiep and Fr. Augustine. I look forward to working closely with Fr. Augustine in the months ahead since he has been assigned to the Cathedral Parish. I pray that God fills you with strength, wisdom and grace during this amazing transition in your lives.
Finally, Saturday was the wedding of Maria and Tyler. It was a nice celebration and the rain held off until later in the afternoon. Quite a number of people were able to enjoy carriage rides at the reception prior to the onset of the rain. The ceremony was beautiful and it was a privilege to have Bishop Paul Etienne as the celebrant of the wedding Mass. This will be a tremendous transition for Maria and Tyler. May God bless you abundantly all the days of your life together!