Back at the Sabine Farm

The flights went without flaw yesterday. 

Everything at the Sabine Farm is just right. 

No sign of mice.

My car started.

This morning brought the predicted "big American breakfast"  to which I had been looking forward. 

The local library had called to let me know that some of the interlibrary loan books I ordered via internet while still in Roma had arrived.

The new copy of the Pope’s book in English was waiting for me, along with the "new" Tolkien book.

I managed after changing the router services to fire up the dormant encoder for the Z-Cam.  When I have more time I will get the cam going in the Sabine Chapel, at least once in a while.

Now for more groceries and catching up on snail-mail (a real heap).

There are beautiful irises blooming and many of the flowering bushes around the place are doing their stuff.

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  1. jkabel says:


    Glad you’re safely back on this side of the pond. Any chance you’ll be seen in parts east this summer? Say, Camden on August 15th?

  2. Jon says:

    Oops, of course that was me, Jon.

    PS – And what’s my anti-spam word? “Think before posting.” LOL!

  3. Tom Burk says:

    Welcome back! I’m always happy when my friends have a good airline experience.


  4. Glad you made it, Father. Welcome home.

  5. Glad you made it across safely Father. Whats on the agenda for you this summer?

    I too got the Pope’s book in english recently, and Children of Hurin (its good, but really just expands on the story as it’s found in the Silmarilion and the Book of Lost Tales- yes, I’m afraid I’m a Tolkien addict ;) ).

  6. Welcome back, Father. You have a beautiful view at the Sabine Farm.

    I think my heart would eat away, slowly, being away from that tranquillity for
    1/2 the year. I hope you are regenerating!

  7. afanco says:

    Any chance you’ll be out to Detroit?

  8. afanco: It would be good to visit Detroit again, Assumption Grotto, see a Tigers game…

  9. Ken Buck says:

    what are your plans for the twin cities? masses at St. Agnes (and maybe St. Augustine for us Tridentine goeres..?)

  10. Athanasius says:


    I hope everything finds you well back in the states. Even though I do not see eye to eye with you on several things, you are in our prayers (that our is my wife and I).

    If you end up in the liturgical wasteland which is Southern California, a whole room in my house has been converted into a chapel, with a makeshift altar where I pray the breviary and a Traditional Missal. Can’t promise much, but I can promise good beer, old Latin books, eggs and bacon. :) :-P

  11. David says:

    In the event you come to Detroit and need Tigers tickets, let me know and I’ll see what I can round up.

  12. Jack says:

    Father, Welcome back!
    Hope we see you at Sr Agnes from time to time.

  13. Gordo the Byzantine says:


    Ever try the Ethiopian food at Fasikas not too far down from St. Agnes? It is well worth the trip! And the owners are wonderful Orthodox Christians.

    Enjoy your time state side!

    Pace e’ bene,


  14. andrew says:

    A WDTPRS groupie trip to Comerica Park? Let’s do it!

  15. andrew says:

    btw I am aka afanco.

  16. Welcome home, Fr. Z! Apparently we swapped places this weekend, since I arrived in Rome late on Saturday, to study with Fr. Foster. Lingua Latina vivat! Please say a prayer for me, as I will continue to do for you.

  17. Jon says:


    I’d forgotten. When you’re in Rome and I’m having my coffee, it’s already lunchtime there. I wake up to all the Roma news that’s fit to print. Now with you WEST of me, I get up first, and have to wait for the daily scoop.

    Hmm… maybe if we compromise and move the Sabine Farm to, I dunno, Iceland?…

  18. RBrown says:

    This morning brought the predicted “big American breakfast” to which I had been looking forward.

    During my Roman years, once in a while I found it necessary to hoof it to the nearest McD’s (Piazza della Repubblica) for a couple of Egg McMuffins. In the States I’m not a big EMcM fan, but in Rome they would satify the longing for the Big American Breakfast.

  19. RBrown: EMcM had never occured to me.

  20. Quantitative: Kindly drop me a line once in a while to describe what is going on with the summer course. I did it several times, many years ago, and then his 5th experience for several years (since there wasn’t anything higher). I have known Fr. Foster since, I believe, 1984.

  21. Janet says:

    The mention of the ‘big American breakfast’ brings me to the question: What do Italians usually eat for breakfast?

  22. Janet: Some bread object, like a roll or the Italian version of a croissant called a cornetto and some coffee with or without milk.

  23. Cerimoniere says:

    Yes, I was thinking the same thing as Jon at breakfast time today. I usually got my Roma fixn then also, and realised that now I am in the same time zone as Father.

    My own question as to your movements, Father: will you be attending North America’s Ordination of the Century in St. Louis on the Sacred Heart? A traditional ordination performed by a metropolitan archbishop in his own Cathedral Basilica, and by that Archbishop in that Cathedral Basilica in particular, is surely unmissable…

  24. Cerimoniere says:

    That would be “Roman fix”!

  25. techno_aesthete says:

    Cerimoniere, we are only in the seventh year of this century. Surely, the upcoming traditional ordination in St. Louis will be the first of many in this century, no? Pax tecum.

  26. Cerimoniere says:

    Yes, of course I meant “this century so far.” The hyperbole amused me. However, in all seriousness, it will be spectacular. The ICRSS does take sacred ceremonies very seriously, the Cathedral in St. Louis is breathtaking, and Archbishop Burke is clearly the finest of the American hierarchy at the moment. From what I’ve heard, even the music there is good. I wouldn’t miss it.

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