Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings from Edmonton! My brain is struggling to process the fact that it has been a month since I wrote my last update. It almost feels like yesterday! It could also be due to the fact that I drove to Bonnyville and back today for the regional Mass, attended a family supper and a graduation party.
I want to thank you all again for your care of Anna and Aspen! We are nearing the half-way point of my time in Edmonton, and while that does remind us that each day we get closer to my return home, it does get a little bit more difficult with each passing day. I miss my ladies terribly! I was very happy to get to spend a couple of mintues with them today at the Mass.
This last month we celebrated my nephew’s bday, and I was able to surprise Anna and Aspen with a brief overnight visit at home! It was really nice to sleep in my own bed and to be in my home! I’m very blessed with living in a rectory at a beautiful Church in Edmonton, and having two wonderful room-mates (Fr. Paul and Fr. Jossi). However, nothing beats home! I also “formally” retired after almost 20 years in public safety! Despite working for the Church since January 2016, I had stayed on casual with the MD of Bonnyville, working the occasional shift. However, as my schedule has become busier and busier, I just wasn’t working enough shifts to maintain my competencies. So, it seemed, after 20 years, like the right time to close that chapter on my life! I’ve worked with many amazing people who have dedicated their lives to keeping people safe, and will be ever grateful for their friendship!
I continue to attend a seminar on sacred scripture each Wednesday. This fall we are studying Deuteronomy. Each Thursday I also attend and sometimes facilitate a faith sharing group. I was able to sneak back to Bonnyville to attend our first meeting for Camp St. Louis, which was a wonderful meeting in which we started planning for the upcoming fundraisers. We had our first diaconate formation weekend in September. This weekend we were introduced to the various rites which we will preside at as deacons. In November I have been assigned baptism, so I will need to plan and execute a baptism (outside of the Mass). Please pray for me! On an enjoyable note, I was invited to attend the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi. The Franciscans in Edmonton hold a vigil and social gathering on the night before St. Francis’s feast, and it was a beautiful liturgy and a great networking opportunity. Another great networking event was the convocation of the 2016-2017 graduating classes at Newman! I was able to volunteer throughout the day and it was very nice to see how the day unfolds. I’m still 4.5 years away from graduating, but it nice to see what (hopefully) the future holds!
The next month is mostly filled with many assignments at school. However, I’ll be in St. Paul on Oct 18 for Deacon Jestoni’s ordination to the priesthood, at the Assumption 60th Anniversary, at the consecration of Mallaig’s church, and we have our second diaconate formation weekend.
Please continue to pray for me, just as I always pray for you!
God bless you and keep you safe!