Sunday, August 26, 2012

ITS ALL NEW TO ME!


I have been in Rome 4 days now.  The time has been full of amazing opportunities which I am honored to be able to participate in.  The first day we visited St. Peters Basilica, the second day we had Mass at the tomb of St. Peter, the third day we made a trip to St. Paul's outside the walls, and today we traveled to the Papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, for Pope Benedict's angelus address.  Castel Gandolfo is actually the name of the town situated on top of the side of a creator overlooking lake Albano about 15 miles south of Rome.  The Holy Father comes here to escape the heat of the summer in Rome. We were blessed to receive a tour of some of the villa attached to Castel Gandolfo from ArchBishop Harvey of Milwaukee. .  He stands to the right of Msgr. Cecchio, the rector of the North American College where the seminarians from our diocese live.  This is a picture of all the new seminarians from north america this year.   Below is a pond on the grounds which Pope Benedict often comes to during the afternoon to pray the rosary
ArchBishop Harvey told us that the Holy Father's brother who is also a priest, spends some time at Castel Gondalfo and when he is visiting they often come to this pond and talk/pray/read the paper.  And of course, feed the fish.  
After the Angelus the group went to a local restaurant in the town overlooking the lake for pranzo.  It was amazing food!  Below is a picture of Tyler and myself standing on the balcony in which we ate overlooking the lake.  Tyler has been a great help to all the new men and has put a lot of work into organizing the orientation for the new men.  It is good to have both him and Matt Cowin already here
to provide any guidance and support.  I am excited for Matt's return to the NAC and also Deacon Matt in the upcoming weeks.  Thank you to everyone back home for your support and prayers.  The seminarians could not do it without you. God bless you all back home.  Please remember us in your prayers.  You will continue to be in ours.              Ad multos annos.  "To many years"