Meet Our New Seminarian, Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson, our seminarian, who will be spending the next year at St. Brendan parish for his Pastoral Year, has written an introduction about himself. He will have the chance to introduce himself at all of the weekend Masses. You can read his column by clicking here.

Blog Fixes and Updated Featured Song

I have fixed the pictures which were not properly loading for many people in the blog section of the Ireland Pilgrimage. The files were way to big for most browsers to handle so for many people they didn’t show up properly.

I have also updated the Featured Song with The Philippians Canticle from John Michael Talbot. You can listen to it by clicking here.

I am gradually adjusting to the time change from my return to Ireland. It’s great to be back and once again I thank everyone for their prayers while we were away.

Dublin Airport

We are all at the gate after going through customs. I was glad to see they cleared us for entry to the United States so we don’t have to go through Newark. We have quite a long layover in Newark. I am going to walk all around the airport to get my legs stretched out for the nearly 6 hour trip back to Seattle.

While walking to the US Customs area, I bumped into Sr. Briege McKenna. I introduced myself to her and told her I was in attendance at the International Retreat for Priests in Ars, France in 2005. She told me she was headed to Poland. I also told her I saw Fr. Kevin Scallon at the Eucharistic Congress last week. What a pleasant surprise to run into her. You can’t miss her with red hair!

We board our plane in a little while. I thank the Lord for a great pilgrimage and it will be great to return to the US.

Bon Voyage!

The Splendor of God’s Creation

Yesterday we went along the Dingle Peninsula. I was surprised to see so few houses along the way since it is such a beautiful stretch of land. The sheep could be found in abundance and I snapped a shot of a little lamb (probably only a few weeks old) and its mother.

We celebrated Mass in the church of St. Vincent de Paul. That was pretty neat since at least half of the pilgrims belong to St. Vincent de Paul parish in Federal Way. The priest greeted us and gave some history of the parish. When I was getting ready for Mass I asked where the Roman Missal was so that I could set it up. The priest said they only use Gaelic (or Irish as the natives say) for all of the Masses in the parish. Once again the Magnificat came to the rescue!

We got back into town fairly early and had the opportunity to grab a bite to eat and to take some pictures. It started raining but it wasn’t too bad and I had packed my umbrella.

Today we are going to the Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.

It’s hard to believe our journey is winding down to an end. The Irish people are incredibly friendly and hospitable. I can understand why so many authors and poets found refuge in this country and inspiration to write. Maybe a sabbatical someday will bring me back. Who knows!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

The Greenest Place On Earth

Yesterday we made our way through the Burren Region. The hillsides were incredibly green and there were abundant sheep and cattle. Our bus somehow became fascinated with “white” horses and they began playing some kind of game that reminded me of car bingo when I was a child. I couldn’t here all the conversation because I was seated in the front of the coach.

About midway through the trip we visited the Cliffs of Moher. They are situated on the Atlantic Ocean and border the Burren Area. I spotted a sign offering help and figured it must have been put there for people who were thinking about jumping off the cliffs. You wouldn’t survive any kind of fall from the steep banks and it was a long way down to the rocky shoreline.

We ended our journey at the Dingle Skellig hotel and enjoyed a nice dinner.

Today we will be exploring the Dingle Peninsula. So far the trip has been outstanding. We have a great group of people who are enjoying each other’s company.

I have posted some more photos below from today’s journey to Dingle.

Have a blessed day!