27 April 2006

Cardinal's Visit

Normally, the visit of a Cardinal marks a formal event in our community. This year, we were privileged to have a leisurely visit with His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, who celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning in our "new" (temporary and cozy) Lalor House Chapel. He is pictured above enjoying breakfast with Sr. Mary Berchmans (somewhat obscured by the tulips) as Sr. Mary de Sales arrives at the table.

During his homily for the Feast of St. Mark, Cardinal McCarrick commented that St. Mark was able to get along with both St. Peter and St. Paul, no small diplomatic feat! Clearly, during a quarter-century of Episcopal service, he, too has honed similar skills for gentle diplomacy.

We were privileged to have this lovely visit with His Eminence -- and happy to show him around our "new digs" during this time of our exile. (More construction pictures coming soon!)

"As a bishop you are a master-builder. It is your duty to watch over the leaders of your flock. . . . Remember that while teaching does much,
example does immeasurably more"
St. Francis de Sales' instruction to bishops

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