After the consecration of Old St. Patrick in Kansas City, MO, and the Pontifical Mass, many people headed to a hall near the Cathedral for an elegant reception. His Excellency Most Rev. Bishop Finn came also.
He made some comments at the beginning and then spent time speaking with most of the people there.
Some of the folks he spent time with were the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Do not be alarmed. I saw His Excellency tell the sisters to remain seated as they scrambled to rise at his approach.
Indeed this is the "volunteer desk" in the best sense.
These are joyous women, by the way. I was very impressed. They pray for priests and vocations. They make vestments. They are young and focused and have a strong identity.
I had a chance to chat with Bishop Finn for a while. He is, as always, very gracious.
The celebration continued at the house of a long-time friend and fellow early internet warrior.
We were happy to have Fr. Totten join us. He posts on here on the blog from time to time.
"But Father! But Father!" you might be saying. "What is that in your glass?"
This is something I am not used to at all: bourbon.
Frankly I am not a great fan of this stuff. But I could get used to what I had tonight. I had heard about it from a friend in Rome. Now I have tried it. He was right.
For supper, which involved a wonderful celery soup with onion and gruyere cheese, a roasted pork loin and a sautee of Brussels sprouts and radichio, we had a fine Zin.
All in all, a successful day.