Greetings from the frozen north!
Yesterday the parish music director and I drove from Effingham to Mundelein to attend today's Treasures of the Triduum workshop at the Liturgical Institute. I'm told some 160 people will be in attendance.
After a brief stop at the House of Hansen - and after ordering a vestment for Easter - we arrived at Mundelein about 4:30 p.m. Traffic - oddly enough - wasn't too bad. After touring the campus went to dinner with a friend of mine who is studying for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Later in the evening I bumped in to quite a few priests who were at Mundelein with me and we spent and good late evening carrying on and sharing our current stories. Much laughter was had. It is moments like these that make me miss seminary life and academia very much.
Registration for today's workshop opens in a few minutes. After the workshop concludes with Vespers this evening, we will go out for dinner - hopefully with our diocesan seminarians here, if schedules can be arranged - and return to Effingham very late tonight, or possibly very early tomorrow, traffic depending. I simply refuse to attempt to drive though Chicago at 6:00 p.m. on a Friday evening.