One of the joyful things about a CMAA Colloquium is the gathering in the hotel bar. The conversations are the best and there is incredible support for what we are doing in our parishes. This year is different for me because I am homeless and there is no parish to return to.
But, wearing a Roman collar, identifying as a priest at all times, has its effect.
This family, Father, Mother and Daughter, from Spain, They pull me aside as I am paying my bill and ask if I am Catholic, to which I reply, Yes.
The Daughter is going in for Brain surgery in the morning in this Pittsburgh hospital known for this kind of work. Papa was concerned his daughter had not found a priest to "confess."
I took care of her. And then made them wait as I went upstairs and retrieved my oils. Yes, they have always gone with me on my trips. So she recieved the annointing of the sick, The rite is on my iphone.
Well, I landed safely in Pittsburgh and got to the Hotel after midnight. After a good night's sleep I am ready to go.Many people have said to me that they will miss my homilies. So I will endeavor to provide a little podcast each day on the readings
Today is the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. and here is the first podcast.
A Visit to the Castelli Romani
Romans on holiday always seem to make it to the Alban Hills, also known as the Castelli Romani for an experience of relaxation and for the finest experience of dining. The ColliAlbani towns produce some of Italy's most popular white wines, and almost anywhere you go you'll see signs indicating cantina, enoteca or osteria. This is where the Pope has his summer residence at Castel Gondolfo, near Albano where St. Gaspar had his first Mission House.
When it is the time for feasting, the Rectory at St. Edward takes on traditional Gasparian hospitality and the table is set for the guests with the finest of wines and the best of Italian cooking. Often using the herbs and spices from his own garden, Fr. Keyes recreates some of his favorite Italian experiences for you. Today the Rosemary and Basil for the meal come from the garden.
June 18, 2015
Pastina in brodo
Albariño, New Clairvaux, St. James Block, 2014
Farfalle con Pomodori e Basilico
Barbera, New Clairvaux, Poor Souls Block, 2013
Zinfandel, New Clairvaux
This brings to an end an eleven year history of fine hospitality as I prepare this feast for six priests and a bishop. Then all the kitchenware will be packed up and stored for the period of exile forced on me by the charismatic new Pastor.
It is apparently time for a change. There comes a moment in every week that is a day of rest. Without that Sabbath rest we become unhealthy. Sabbaticals are like that too. Like the rest of a Sunday dinner, my provincial has deemed that after 23 years of constant work it is time for the Sabbath rest of a Sabbatical. I will be leaving St. Edwards on June 28, 2015, after the 10:00 a.m. mass. As a parish there is much to be proud of. We have an outstanding choir. There is an exemplary core of servers and acolytes. We went from one bus to five and were commended by our bishop for our participation in the West Coast Walk for Life. The bishop has also commended our increased reverence and the use of Gregorian chant. St. Edward has become a beacon of light for those interested in learning more about their faith. As I leave St. Edward, please know that I will always include you in my prayers, regardless of whether you supported my pastoral ministry these last 11 years, or not. I take with me many wonderful memories and treasured friends. It has been a great journey and I will always be grateful. There will be a farewell reception after the 5:00 pm Mass on June 27.
Omnia Christus Est Nobis
Christ is everything for us!
Burying the Alleluia
Sacristy Art I
Sacristy Art II
Sacristy Art III
Sacristy Art IV
Sacristy Art V
Sacristy Art VI
Years in Review
I am a Roman Catholic Priest from California. I spent 13 wonderful years years as a member of the Province of the Pacific in the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The outline of my life can be traced here.