Greetings from Erie

Old US 19 on the way to Erie
Old US 19 on the way to Erie

Hello, everybody!

You probably thought I died and went some place.  Well, I’ve been traveling and have not able to keep up with y’all.

But please know you have been thought of and prayed for.

This is an awesome trip with several goals:

(1) to celebrate my forty year journey through priestly ministry; (2) to re-connect with some of the people who have influenced and shaped my life and my priesthood over forty years and (3) to make a pilgrimage of prayer for the protection and conversion of our country.  This is the third pilgrimage I have made since I  woke up to the fact that we were in profound crisis here in America that could take us down completely if we do not repent of our unbridled consumerism and violence. I just stay at prayer and ask you to join me.

I have taken over 500 photos on my trip thus far but have not been able to share this awesome journey with you as yet.  I will do so as soon as I am able, so pop in when you can and see what’s happening.

So far, I’ve been to Washington to my seminary reunion / Baltimore for a Mass of Thanksgiving for my 40th anniversary / Pittsburgh to visit the house, neighborhood of my first seven years of life / and now Erie, PA to visit a priest-mentor who, I believe, is one of the finest pastors in the country.  I’ll tell you all these stories very soon.

Today (this written at 5 AM) I will travel to Hamilton, Ontario with a stop at Niagra Falls and then on to Montreal tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures:                                                  IMG_0612

famous row houses of Baltimore, alley view
famous row houses of Baltimore, alley view
the street where I was born, Pittsburgh, Pa with a boyhood friend and a cousin, Sister Mary Traupman, CDP
the street where I was born, Pittsburgh, Pa with a boyhood friend and a cousin, Sister Mary Traupman, CDP
My fortieth anniversary celebration in Baltimore
My fortieth anniversary celebration in Baltimore

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception across the street from my seminary
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception across the street from my seminary