…and that’s a good thing!
I had the pleasure of welcoming a new Christian into the path of eternal life today. Let’s all great little Dante!
I presided his parents’ wedding in 2007, and I’m delighted they made contact to celebrate his baptism. God bless to the whole family!
Just a notice to blog readers that I will be off on my pre-ordination retreat for the next week. Please pray for me!
Back when I was in business, I was very involved in ISO 9000 quality auditing. One of the key elements we used to evaluate was how measurements were used, especially by management, to determine the quality of a product or process. A very simple observation guided our thinking: “What gets measured, gets noticed.” And it is true. To say “we sold more widgets this quarter” provides valuable knowledge, but to say “we sold 5% more widgets this quarter” is more valuable.
I had a radio interview this morning at the CBC building near the Jacques-Cartier bridge. The staff very kindly sent me this photo of me in the studio.
In addition to the marriage I had on Saturday, I had the joy of celebrating a baptism on Sunday.
I had the pleasure of celebrating a marriage on the weekend. Congrats to Egon and Liz!
I had a meeting this morning to try and determine which of the various dossiers I currently manage I am going to have to drop/transfer to someone else once I am ordained a bishop, because I am already pretty busy and I can’t just take more on without giving up something. The process of taking on new tasks has already started, mind you: I recently received a letter informing me I have been appointed as a member of the College of Consultors for the Archdiocese of Montreal.
Pastoral care in the Catholic Church is normally offered on a territorial basis: people receive basic pastoral care from their neighbourhood parish, and more specialized services are usually offered on the diocesan level. There are, however, some categories of people who can’t avail themselves of the regular forms of pastoral care. One such category is sailors (a.k.a. seafarers): their travels take them from port to port for long stretches of time, preventing traditional pastoral care from taking place.
As readers of this blog know, I have recently been going shopping for speciality items for bishops. Shopping is really not my thing, but as it turns out a great many people have been following this particular element of my recent vocational evolution with great interest. One journalist told me at one point not to be surprised if people were really curious about the shopping. “Great,” I replied dryly, “I’ll be the Kate Middleton of the episcopal world.” His reply? “I wish you had said that on camera!” Um, no.
A number of people I’ve spoken with are curious about the process used in selecting bishops in the Latin Church. While I can’t say I have first hand experience of the procedure (except for being on the receiving end), there are a few details I do know, particularly as it concerns auxiliaries.
As people are already aware, I am being named auxiliary bishop of Montreal. This means I am not the head bishop of that diocese, but that I will assist him in his duties as bishop.
One thing about becoming a bishop is that it is traditional to take a motto. It can be in any language, although many take it in Latin (for more of a universal touch, I suppose). After much reflection, I’ve picked mine: COR ET ANIMA UNA.
Now that I’ve started wearing the zuchetto (purple skullcap) at mass, I’ve found myself reflecting on my ministry as the presider of the Eucharist, and indeed on the Eucharist itself.