I haven't been posting all that much lately, and when I do it tends to be more about national news than personal happenings. But life here in Rome is continuing as usual. Unlike the U.S. academic calendar which is now ending with exams, the Roman system continues through May and exams are not generally given until June. This is the down-side to starting classes in mid-October. And so, my classmates and I are into the final push.
The above photo shows the April 26th Eucharistic Procession at Notre Dame. It is estimated that around 600 faithful took part. Thanks goes to Fr. Kevin Russeau, CSC of Campus Ministry for again preparing this beautiful devotion in the life of the Church.
This past weekend was a three day weekend, since Friday, May 1st was the Italian Labor Day or "May Day" if you have Communist leanings, or The Solemnity of St. Joseph the Worker if you are Christian. These past days have been filled with debates and discussion over the issue of abortion, how it relates to other social concerns and injustices, and what the appropriate Christian response should be. I've been mindful of some beautiful Christian responses made by various individuals and organizations. The Women's Care Center, with locations in Northern Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio offers women counseling and support in times of crisis pregnancy. Project Gabriel enables local parish communities to offer financial and emotional support to young mothers-to-be. A housemate here at the Casa, a Notre Dame graduate, and a priest of the Diocese of Covington, KY established the St. Gianna Home in 2003. It provides a safe and supportive environment for mothers-to-be and young mothers. Such good things.
This past weekend Vanessa Miles and my brother Phillip were wedded in a ceremony in Vanessa's hometown of McGehee, AR. I was unable to get away from these final days of classes, but my family has shared many photos and said a good time was had. Phillip and his new wife both work in Little Rock, one in asset management, the other as a graphic designer.
I am happy for their love and look forward to seeing them when I return home in August.