I haven't had a chance to post lately, but there has been a lot of excitement in Rome this past weekend. From a monster snowstorm to the Super Bowl to everything in between.
First, I took some pictures of the Ad Limina Mass on Friday at the tomb of Bl. John Paul II. I know for many of the bishops that Bl. John Paul II was very important during the ministry as priests and bishops. Bishop Blair of Toledo celebrated the Mass and also blessed all of our throats since it was the feast of St. Blaise.
On Friday it began to snow and did it ever snow. By Michigan standards it wasn't much of a storm, but for a city without plows, shovels or salt, it was a major snow storm. It was fun to walk around and see everyone revert to child like behavior. Snow ball fights even broke out in St. Peter's square! Here are a few pictures I took. St. Peter's looked prw etty amazing in the snow.
I can't believe how long the snow has been lasting. Today is Monday and the ground is still covered. The snow storm started when the Michigan bishops had their audience with the Holy Father. Some gift to the Pope huh!
These are the orange trees in the courtyard at the NAC. You don't see orange trees covered in snow very often...
Later on Friday, We managed to venture out for some dinner. Msgr Gallagher and Fr. Mariano (the Pastor at St. Philip Neri in Empire) joined Matt, Bishop and I for dinner. What a treat to have dinner with the bishop, two priests and a seminarian from the diocese. It was really great evening. Msgr Gallagher was able to pick up his car from the Vatican parking lot and drive us up the hill so we didn't have to walk so far in the snow.