If anyone still checks this…

August 31, 2009

My time at LAMP Ministries has ended.  I returned from NY on Aug. 1st to Tampa.  After having a truly awesome experience in the Bronx, I have decided to try a more contemplative ministry with the Community of St. John in Princeville, Il.  I’ll be moving there on Sept. 12th.  Less than two weeks from now!  I’ll be helping with youth retreats and other activities, taking classes with the novices, and living their prayer schedule.  I visited the community at Princeville for a silent retreat at the beginning of the month and had a great experience.  It was one of the best retreats I have been on.  They’re a great solid order and have very reverent liturgies. 


That’s about all I have to report on.  You may be wondering why I am making this post at such a ridiculous hour.  Well, coffee ice cream is caffienated.  Who knew?  I’m thinking I may as well stay up and go to 7am Mass.


I haven’t been doing too much with my time home.  I visited some friends at college in Gainesville.  I’ve gone to see my grandmother in Merritt Island with my mother for a couple weekends.  My grandfather, BJ, passed away on July 3rd – God rest his soul – and my grandmother is appreciating visitors and help around the house.  They were married 59 years.  She has dug up some fantastic old photos and other family artifacts going back over 100 years.  My grandfather made arrangements to be interred in Arlington National Cemetery in DC and the family will be traveling there on Oct. 5th for the ceremony.  3 months feels like a long time to wait to receive that closure but we were told that active duty military have priority over retirees and this is the soonest it could happen. 


Other than that I’ve gotten to visit a few other friends but have really spent a lot of time sleeping and fussing with my belongings.  I’m trying to downsize a bit after my fiasco on my trip home from the Bronx with a 110 lbs suitcase.  Apparently, that bag is too big to travel with anymore…  Less is more so they say.


I won’t have much internet access in Princeville so you may not be hearing from me via this site very much.  I still have my cell phone though thanks to Mom and Dad and there’s always snail mail!


God bless.


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