Fr. Z on the road again

I am on my way to the Philadelphia/Camden area, to spend some time with Fr. Pasley at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ.

There will be a celebration of their Forty Hours Devotion, in which I will participate.

I am wondering if anyone is interested in a blognic.  Perhaps in Philly or near Berlin, NJ?

I don’t know what my schedule is, or what Fr. Pasley has planned.  I know that during a few days next week we will be going to see Gettysburg and visiting Annapolis.  Perhaps the evening of Thursday 23rd might be best.  Otherwise, I suppose tomorrow morning, Saturday, or maybe even after the main Sunday Mass (TLM, of course) at Mater Ecclesiae.

As a matter of fact, that time after Mass might be good.

Again, this is subject to Fr. Pasley’s designs and wishes as well.

I’m just askin’…

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  1. Kradcliffe says:

    You should meet at Monks in Center City Philadelphia.

    I miss Philly.

  2. Father Bartoloma says:

    Awww… Why’d you have to wait until I was out of the country before the South NJ/Philly area “blogonic” takes place!

  3. Jackie says:

    In Gettysburg there is a good resturant there called the Gingerbread Man on Steinwehr Ave. I always enjoy going there (Im a Mount St Marys College grad)

  4. Allison says:

    My family would love to meet you Father, just not sure about the weekend.

    Every night when my husband comes home from work there’s always that moment when one of us says to the other, “Did you see what Father Z had up today?” In fact, the other night when I was making a nice meal he wanted me to photograph it like you’ve been doing! :)

    We’ll be checking in to see where and when the Blognic is scheduled. We have one weekly TLM here in Delaware filled with many hopeful devotees.

  5. Jeff Pinyan says:

    Oy! What is the schedule for today, Father?

    Saturday, my wife and I are all over central NJ (Columbus up to Lambertville) antiquing and (more importantly!) touring River Horse brewery, although Saturday evening I could make it down to Berlin.

    Sunday is out of the question, because of my obligations at my home parish.

    Next Thursday does sound better!

    Oh well. Eventually I’ll meet you.

  6. John Enright says:

    No question about it – Geno’s Steaks in South Philly is the place to go!

  7. Jeff R. says:

    Father, do you know what day you are going to be in Annapolis? If there are enough people around who would make it worth while getting a group together, I would love to meet you!

  8. John: Not Pat’s?


  9. dcs says:

    Fr. Zuhlsdorf,

    We usually have refreshments after Mass at Mater Ecclesiae. Perhaps if you could stick around at ME for a short while after High Mass and the Rosary procession (I think there is a Rosary procession this week).

    Monk’s is wonderful, great food and even better beer, but you should be warned that it is a bit small and usually very crowded. A great place if you and Fr. Pasley want to break bread by yourselves or with 2-3 other folks, but not a great place for a blognic.

  10. Charivari Rob says:

    All right! NJ! Father Z.’s headed for God’s Country!

    If I didn’t have commitments up here in Massachusetts this weekend, I’d head for ‘Jersey, visit my folks, and try to catch the blognic.

    NJ is where it’s at, Father. Don’t try to fight it. Go ahead – fall in love with the Garden State. Who needs the splendor of Rome or the pastoral beauty of Sabine Farm?

    In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy your visit to my home state. It sounds as though you have a couple of out-of-state tourist/history objectives in mind already (Gettysburg, Annapolis). NJ has much to offer in that vein, as well, of course – the battleship New Jersey is right there in Camden, and so much Revolutionary War history all around the state.

    If you do have time in Philadelphia, I highly recommend the (relatively) new National Constitution Center. It’s just up the street from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Very impressive. Very well done.

    Mater Ecclesiae looks very nice. I try to keep up with some of the news from home, and I remember ME being established. Their website is useful and informative. Is that you in their main page slideshow? I trust the nice man with the sword is there to enforce the ‘turn off your cell phones and pagers’ policy.

  11. Charivari Rob says:

    One thing I missed – It seems the ME homepage truncated the headline over in their ‘Upcoming Events’ field:

    “Father John Zuhlsdorf to preach 40 hours”

    I’d recommend some tea with honey, and wear sensible shoes.

  12. Kradcliffe says:

    Geno’s is much better than Pat’s. Unless you are a bit supporter of Mumia. Or don’t speak English.

  13. Kradcliffe says:

    DCS is right about Monk’s being a bit small. It could be good on an afternoon, I think, but it is small. However, I really think you’d like it, Father. You should definitely check it out. It’s a wonderful place, right in the center of the city.

  14. jarhead462 says:

    I’ll try to make it to Mass on Sun., but for a blognic Thursday would be great!

    Semper Fi!

  15. Steve Girone says:

    The cheez wiz at Pat’s could make you vomit. Geno’s for sure, but if you really want the best,
    then Jim’s at 2nd and South Street.

  16. Father:
    I’m a former sem, born and raised in South Philly. You are definitely going to want to do Geno’s, Father. Looking forward to meeting you…


  17. Jon says:


    Believe it or not, I’m on the battlefield at Gettysburg while I write this (I had dinner last night at the Dobbin House on Steinwehr). Attending a social studies conference actually. It’s a beautiful, chilly, Sabine-like fall day. Splendid time to see the battlefield.

    I’d love to be at the blognic, but I’m afraid I’ll be away at another conference until Wednesday, so my vote is for Thursday. I have to admit I’d love to see you. It would make our mutual friends from the Volunteer State jealous, I’m sure.

    I’d also welcome the chance to chat with Father Pasley. Father graciously spent an hour on the phone with me last year when we were trying to come up with a canonical status for our personal parish in Harrisburg. I’m sure he’d love to hear how things turned out.

    If you’re going to Gettysburg after Wednesday, you’ll pass through my area, Lancaster. You’ll also pass through Harrisburg. Mass at St. Lawrence is Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. If you’re interested, I can contact my friend, Father Frank Parrinello, FSSP, I’m sure he’d be delighted with a few clerical guests.

    I have a few more things I’d like to say, but I’ll pass them along in a private e-mail.

    Safe trip!

  18. mcitl says:

    Hi Jeff R,

    I have been talking with both Fr Z and Fr Aidan Logan at USNA about staging a blognic, or whatever, in Annapolis.

    Or somewhere between the Olney Ale House and Annapolis…

    Help me keep the issue on the front burner.



  19. Tom O says:

    Thursday is nice but how about Friday the 24th, it would be a great start to the weekend and the feast of St. Raphael the Archangel, the patron saint of happy meetings and travelers.

    I think you would love South Philly Father!

  20. Jeff Pinyan says:

    I’ll be there tonight!

  21. Josiah Ross says:

    Please avoid Pat’s. Personally, I like Jim’s, but not their prices. Heh, I just saw that someone else mentioned Jim’s.
    Don’t forget to give us a wave at Philly’s reform parish, Our Lady of Lourdes. OF and EF in Latin on a Sunday,Male servers, the works.

  22. dcs says:

    Pat’s and Geno’s should both be avoided for any “blognic,” unless one’s idea of the ultimate blognic is the one held standing. ;-)

  23. John Enright says:

    Father Z:

    I could go for Pat’s too. It really doesn’t matter, since there across the street from one another. If you have a blognic there, I’m sure that there will be so many people there that the entire area between Gino’s and Pat’s will be flooded!

  24. John Enright says:

    Sorry. I meant to say “Geno’s” rather than “Gino’s.” My fingers sometimes work faster than my brain. Actually, they always do!

  25. John Enright says:

    I just thought of another place to have a blognic. It is a little bar/restaurant called “Villari’s Milmarian” located just outside of Philadelphia at Rt. 73 North & Spring Garden St., Palmyra, NJ. which is only about 20 miles from Berlin, NJ. The food is great and reasonably priced.

  26. Would a Thursday blognic be in the evening? I work ’till 6, but would LOVE to come (my weekend being, of course, already booked).

  27. JD Treat says:

    The Phillies in the Series and a local appearance by Fr. Z. … Why did I run off to the cloister this fall? ;-)

    Abbaye in Northern Liberties would definitely be the place for a blognic. Good food and great beer, which make up for the mediocre service. It already has a following among the Gen X Catholic Mafia.

  28. Jeff R. says:

    FrC, thanks for the info. Please keep me informed about dates/times if it is going to happen, I’d love to be there!

  29. mysticalrose says:

    Fr Z — I hope you’re up for a blognic on Thursday. I’d love to meet you! And Geno’s is better.

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