KC: post Consecration celebrations

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.

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  1. Brian Day says:

    This is something I am not used to at all: bourbon.

    When I go for distilled spirits, bourbon is my poison of choice. Fr. Z, I know that you have mentioned other spirits before, but what is your favorite three spirits?

  2. Eric says:

    Fr. Z,

    I am also a great fan of bourbon. The best, in my opinion, are the “single barrel” bourbons, which are bottled from a single barrel, rather than a mix of several barrels. Though slightly more expensive, it is worth every penny. I recommend Elmer T. Lee.

  3. Maynardus says:

    Ahhh, Cakebread. Not much else to say. (Except: try their Chard as well!) I *knew* I should have traveled to KC for the Consecration!


  4. Benjamin Bloomfield says:

    Pappy Van Winkle is one of only a few bourbons that are distilled from a mash that contains wheat and no rye. I’m told that some people prefer these “wheated bourbons,” of which some other examples are: W.L. Weller (which is distilled at the Buffalo Trace distillery, same as the Pappy Van Winkle), Rebel Yell, Maker’s Mark, and Old Fitzgerald.

    Every year, at about this time, Buffalo Trace releases what they call the “Antique Collection”, which includes 5 whiskeys, one of which is an 11 year old Weller (bottled at cask strength [125.3 proof this year] so you might want to dilute it). Here’s a review of the 2008 release.

  5. Steve says:


    After viewing the photos of the Consecretion, I’m left wondering what goes through the mind of a bishop who is exposed a traditional parish and then compares that with the typical NO parish.

    Do you think it has any impact on them at all?

  6. Does anyone remember the Roamin’ Roman? AKA the blogmistress of Veritatis Splendor?

    Look closely at the pic with Bishop Finn and the Sisters. She is the sister on the far right (wearing the postulant veil)!

  7. QM: I thought that could be VS too but given the angle I was not quite sure. In any case, I thought of her and prayed for her and her order when I saw the photos!!!!!

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