Wow! Sorry for not 'blogging earlier, but I was up at a mini-retreat in Maggie Valley. What an awesome experience! So much to say, I'm not sure where to start. Well, here goes. First, thanks Fr. Juno for covering for me in my absence. I know how hard it is to be filling in for a pastor-on-retreat (believe me - boy do I know!).
The Maggie Valley (North Carolina) Friendship Center is a great facility. I hadn't been there before - it's pretty new, and is kind of an annex to the Glenmary Camp. They call the rooms there "cells," and boy could I see why. Not much in them but a bed and an alarm clock, a TV, shower, toilet and dresser.
But we didn't spend much time in our "cells". There were a lot of great priests there, and it was instant community. I got a chance to meet Fr. Curt Kane, who will be here for a special presentation next Sunday. You are in for a really big treat. Fr. Kane is a deeply compassionate man, and he knows his stuff!
Also, I got my chance to be in a drum circle for the first time. I don't know how many of you know this, but when I was a kid, I wanted to be a drummer for a rock & roll band. I guess you know THAT didn't happen - my mother wouldn't hear of it and she made me play the violin instead. So here I was, a grown man, and finally getting to play drums. It was cool, and very liberating in a spiritual way. Don't worry Todd, I won't be asking to play drums for the choir, but I really think the drum circle would be a nice addition to our faith community. I got a cool idea that we could combine a drum circle with our womyn's group spiritual maze walk.
Finally, I got to give a presentation about the neat things our faith community is doing, and let me tell you, the other pastors were really impressed with our spirit and zeal. Some of them come from less progressive parishes (one good priest went so far as to call his parishioners "pharisees"). There was a lot of jealousy and I realize how lucky I am to be at SOV2!
Anyway, now I'm back, so Fr. Juno can get some rest.