20 September 2010

"Come away by yourselves..."

So said the Lord Jesus to his Apostles. These words have continued to echo down through the centuries as Bishops call their presbyterates together.

Today through Thursday, the priests of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for their annual Convocation, our first gathering with our new Bishop.

The theme for our gathering this year is "Renewing Sunday Preaching." At the end of the week, we will spend some time discussing the forthcoming revised Roman Missal.

Priests are often very much like everyone else. We look forward to events such as things mostly for the fellowship, for the time to be able to visit with each other without feeling rushed. The presentations are often helpful, but they sometimes seem to get in their way of our visits.

Please keep our gathering in your prayers, both that our fraternity will be strengthened and that our common ministry of preaching will be more fruitful.

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