June 2009

My experience of Medjugorje

I left off describing my European pilgrimage last May about two weeks ago. I thought I’d pick it up again with my thoughts on Medjugorje itself.

For those who don’t know, Medjugorje is a small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina where (it is said) the Virgin Mary began appearing to a group of peasant children sometime in the early 1980’s. More that that, while these visionaries are now fully grown, they claim to still be receiving apparitions of Mary — yes, over 20 years later.

Congrats to Father Michael Leclerc

Today marks the start of the Year for Priests, and here in the diocese of Montreal we started with a bang: the ordination to the priesthood of our brother Michael Leclerc. Congrats, Father Michael!

Since I work in the Archdiocesan curia, I sometimes have access to special materials. Here is the text of the homily delivered by Cardinal Turcotte this evening:

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today is a very important day in our Church – and this, for three special reasons.

Pilgrimage, day 4

Rising early the next morning, we began our day with mass (presided by yours truly) at the pontifical basilica of Saint Francis. I love this church. The lower part feels like it is carved out of the rock, and it is here that we find the tombs of Saint Francis and his closest companions (like Brother Leo, for example).

Pilgrimage, day 2

Pope Benedict
Day 2 began with the Wednesday papal audience. I was very close to the central driveway that led to the Pope’s chair, so despite the sea of waving arms I managed to get this picture.

Pilgrimage, day 1

We left late Sunday evening (May 17) and took May 18 as a day of rest. Our first major day of pilgrimmage, therefore, was Tuesday, where we started our visits of the 4 major basilicas of Rome. We saw these two today:

OK, now I’m really back

When I first started blogging, my blog was entitled “Waiting in Joyful Hope”. Was it a sappy name? Maybe, but I loved it. It expressed who I was, and it also expressed my own blogging philosophy — to share on the “amazingness” of the priesthood.