Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

The light is on at the end of the tunnel. Graduation was a couple of weeks ago, almost. And Ordination is something like 19 days away. I still don't know my assignment, so there's just the tiniest little bit of stress about that (okay a lot of stress), but other than that I'm doing well. How are y'all?

Read more about this here: The Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Diaconate Ordination

Hello all! Final exams are over and I finally had time to blog a bit about diaconate ordination. Needless to say, it was awesome. You can read all about that here.

It was great to see Amy, Jill, Wendy & Mary there!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Sweet Home Chicago



I couldn't resist sending a shout out to the White Sox and their oh so sweet sweep of the Astros!

Sean, Wendy...take a look at how Uribe gets a running catch done. (Sorry again couldn't resist):-)

So, we're looking forward to some new converts on the South Side. But seriously, I'm so excited for Chicago and my dad who has been waiting for this moment since he was 11 years old (the last time the White Sox were in the World Series).

Thinking of and celebrating with all of you!

-J

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

It's a small world, after all...

This event is much less sad, so you can go ahead and read it...

I thought about CPE a bit this week. On Monday, our Polish Schola sang for Mass. Of course, I couldn't understand any of it, let alone pronounce any of it from the music given on the worship aid. So I just pretty much sat there and let the music happen.

But later in the day, the melody of one of the songs wouldn't get out of my head. I realized that it was because I couldn't sing the song in its entirety (heck, I couldn't sing a word of it). So I just had to "enjoy" it all day long. Grrr.

It's really a small world, after all...

Friday, September 16, 2005

Another sad day...

Another student, injured in the accident, died this morning at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Please keep J, and his family, in your prayers. Please continue to pray for our community as well.

Thanks,
Pat

Edit: Please also keep, R, the driver, in your prayers. He has been charged in connection with the accident and is currently in custody.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

A Very Sad Day

I'd like to ask you all to keep our community at Mundelein in your prayers. Early this morning, four of our seminarians were involved in a serious, tragic car accident, on our campus. I don't know all the details yet, and I probably don't want to know. But one of them was killed, another underwent head trauma surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, another underwent some surgery on his arm, and the fourth was physically unhurt. But he was the driver, so there are other hurts to deal with, obviously.

M, the seminarian who was killed, and I were good friends. He and I directed our contemporary choir together in the spring quarter last year. He was young, enthusiastic, committed to the faith, a talented musician, outgoing and a lot of fun to be with. I can't imagine this place without him.

R, the driver, was the director of the contemporary choir except for the spring quarter last year, when he was on internship. A very talented musician, he and I also shared similar ecclesiologies, so I've been close to him as well. We don't know if he will be returning to the seminary.

I'm hurting a whole lot right now. I haven't been this sad in quite a long time, and I've been through a lot of stuff. Please pray for me, pray for our community, pray for M, R and the others.

Pat

Monday, September 12, 2005

We're back!

We've been here about a week already but I thought I would announce that we are officially back in "New" for the school year. I think all of us are glad to be back though it was a bit of culture shock all over again...No left turns, people stopping in the merge lane, not pumping our own gas, not remembering the security code to our front door, paying for laundry :-(, barbeques galor, multitudes of women in various stages in pregnancy, no one acknowledging your existence on the sidewalk...you know all the things we think affectionately and sometimes not so affectionately of when thinking of "New."

Classes begin in less than 48 hours and A has already missed her first day of "school" (day care) because of a 104 degree fever. Thankfully after every 4 hour dosages of baby Tylenol (yes, even in the middle of the night) her fever is slowly coming down. Yay for smooth starts right? :-)