The group of friends and family from the diocese have arrived in Rome today. Everyone made is safe and sound. Notice I said "everyone" and not "everything". We had some missing bags, but we're hopeful that by this evening everything missing will make it to the hotel. At least we can hope!
This afternoon I met them at the Coliseum in time for lunch. We were able to find some good pizza. I think my Granny really likes Italian pizza, although she admitted it is different than "our pizza"
It was a great day. It was so good to see everyone here, especially my family. Everyone was really exhausted after the flight, but after a good night of sleep they'll be ready for a big day tomorrow.
The highlight today was Mass. To begin our pilgrimage in prayer, Fr. Matthew Cowan celebrated Mass for the group this afternoon at St. Peter in Chains Church - where the chains that held St. Peter in prison are venerated. What a great way to start our pilgrimage! And it was a good coincidence because I remembered today that St. Peter in Chains Church is the titular church of Cardinal Wuerl who will be ordaining my class to the diaconate. Pretty cool.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|A view of Rocca di Papa|
Posted by Tyler at 10:17
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This is the final public act before I process into St. Peter's Basilica in two weeks time to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the diaconate, along with 42 other classmates. The last sort of 'official' thing that I must do before ordination is make a week long retreat, which will be from Sunday Sept. 21st until Saturday Sept. 27. Please for me and my classmates during that week of prayer and silence.
It was a pretty awesome moment, on the vigil of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, to be placed, so to speak, at the foot of the Cross and profess in faith -- Credo -- I believe. I believe in one God - the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit. What a grace to be able to stand up and to publicly make that profession in these grace-filled days of final preparation before my ordination.
The whole thing caused me to pause and to reflect on the gift of faith. I thought of how I've received the gift of faith and how faith has been passed on from generation to generation. The bible I used for the oath was a graduation gift from my mom. The faith that we have comes from God, but is handed on in a continuous line of tradition, from the apostles to the disciples, from parent to child. How blessed I have been to have been raised by faith-filled parents in a faith-filled parish community, in a faith-filled diocese. My thoughts and prayers during these days turn to you all, as I prepare to lay my life down in service to the whole People of God, but especially in the Diocese of Gaylord.
Posted by Tyler at 09:35
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Hello Diocese of Gaylord,
The seminarians are back at seminary and back to work. It is good to return but sad to have to leave our beloved diocese. It was such a great revitalization to be back with all of you for the summer.
This post will be short because all I ask is for your prayers for all of us, but especially for Tyler Bischoff who is preparing for ordination to the deaconate this coming October.
Know of our prayers for you.
Thank you so much for all your support.
Yours in Jesus through Mary.