I am in Norfolk, VA right now. I came to give a talk to the local chapter of Una Voce. One of the wonderful things about coming to a place like this is the chance to have a tour of an aicraft carrier, this time, the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
It is hard to get a grip on the size of these amazing ships until you are standing near one.
With my host here, a Navy Commander, we went with the priest in charge of the St. Benedict chapel here, Fr. Willis, and met the chaplain of the TR, Fr. Johnson, and another chaplain Fr. Cusick who is also a columnist with The Wanderer. We had a great tour of the ship and had lunch in the ward room. I was very pleased to see that Fr. Johnson’s sacristy had everything necessary for celebrations of the TLM. And he chapel is oriented very properly.
Out on the breezy flight deck there is on the tower an item I wanted especially post for a friend of mine in Italy.
The flight deck is over 4 acres.
However, for my readers in the UK, I want you to know I was thinking of you too.
Right next to the TR is HMS ARK ROYAL, an aircraft carrier.
You can see the "ski jump" sticking on their flight deck for the Harriers.
Here are the four priests on the flight deck of #71, USS TR:
Fr. Willis, Fr. Z, Fr. Cusick, Fr. Johnson.