What is a pilgrimage? It is a physical journey that takes us on a spiritual journey.I share a few pictures from our pilgrimage to Saints of Central Italy. And I contemplate the graces that I have seen unfold in the lives of those traveling together, as well as they myriad more that I haven’t seen because they are interior.
The life of being a spiritual father is amazing. But you know that from how blessed you are to be parents!I got to offer Mass at the altar where Padre Pio offered Mass for 40+ years. And to see his confessional. To climb the Santa Scala (Holy Stairs) in Rome that St. Helena brought from Jerusalem b/c they are the stairs Jesus climbed to be judged by Pilate. All who go up those stairs now, do so on their knees.
I know that often when my parents traveled they would make sure there was a stop in a church or shrine of a saint for each of their children! Thanks Mom and Dad for praying for me! And I am now trying to return the favor for my spiritual family.
On Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 p.m., Saint Mary’s new assistant organist Samuel Rowe will present an organ recital on the Robert William Wallace pipe organ. Originally hailing from Maine, Samuel Rowe is a candidate in the Master of Music program in choral conducting at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. under the tutelage of Dr. Timothy McDonnell. An organ student of Antonius Bittmann and Renée Anne Louprette, Mr. Rowe received a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Mr. Rowe will present an exciting program of works by Bach, Franck, Guilain, Hindemith and Messiaen. Following the recital, there will be an opportunity to meet Mr. Rowe at a reception in the Parish Life Center. Mark your calendars for what promises to be an exciting beginning to the 2019/2020 Concerts at Saint Mary season.