On the road to Villanova
Writing this in a hotel room in Connecticut. I will arrive at Villanova today before 3 PM in time for a ceremony that will make one of the parishioners of our parish in North Carolina an honorary Augustinian. Shirley is in her late 80s and is very often the altar server at morning Mass at St. Margaret's in Maggie Valley during the week. In her white alb and sneakers she is always on top of everything. Helped me a lot 2 years ago when I was getting used to celebrating Mass again after 12 years off. Especially things like kissing the altar at the beginning and end of Mass - gestures that are skipped in Mass in Japanese.
Then tonight we begin 5 days of meetings. As many Augustinians who can attend this once-every-4-year week of meetings called a Provincial Chapter. During this time we try to determine our direction for the next 4 years. Mickey Genovese take office during this week as our new Prior Provincial.
Ora pro nobis!
Friar of the Order of Saint Augustine (Augustinians). I joined the Order in 1967. Served in Japan from 1977 until 1995. From 1996 until 2008 I worked in telecom and IT, usually in software development project management. Then in May 2008 I returned to the Order. Was pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish (Staten Island, NY) from August of 2010 until June of 2016. Then Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, PA until June of 2021. Currently serving as assistant pastor at St. Mary's in Waterford, NY and St. Augustine's in Troy, NY. You may find random thoughts, photos, poems, essays, etc. from me here from time to time.