This morning I head to the airport to journey to Wisconsin for a canon law conference at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke [Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura], Bishop Salvatore Cordileone [newly appointed Archbishop of San Francisco], Dr. Kurt Martens, and Mr. William Daniel will speak on such timely topics as: Religious Liberty, Nullity of Marriage Process, Suppression/Mergers of Parishes, and much more. It’ll also be great to see some of my confreres again after our “summer” break.
On Friday morning I continue the journey to South Carolina. For the rest of the month I will be staying with the Cistercians at Mepkin Abbey. I’m very much looking forward to a monastic month, and by the end of it, I should be able to tell you a whole lot more about growing mushrooms (part of the income-producing work of the Mepkin community). I was, once-upon-a-time, a Cistercian postulant and novice, and I have a great love of the Benedictine Rule and the way of life based on it. I find that it’s always a great blessing to be able to spend time in a monastery, and am eagerly awaiting arriving there on Friday. If you could say a prayer that it’s a good retreat I’d be most appreciative, and I’ll be praying for you too.
I am unlikely to have much (or any) internet access until I return to Ottawa in the first week of September for the resumption of classes – my final semester here in Ottawa.