This week on Monday through Wednesday I will be joining the priests and Pastoral Administrators in our Diocese and Bishop Matano for our annual Convocation. I will be journeying one lake over to the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen on Seneca Lake. Our major presenter this year is the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown. Bishop Barres was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington in 1989 and ordained and installed as Fourth Bishop of Allentown in 2009. His theme for our gathering is “The Priest as Authentic Model and Teacher of Prayer and Prophetic Catalyst of the New Evangelization in Parish and Diocesan Life” I personally enjoy the Convocation each year, it offers the opportunity to learn and for me even more importantly to be with priests and pastoral leaders that I do not have the occasion to see very often. It is a time to catch up and pray and socialize with each other. Please keep us in your prayers this week as we gather.
I would like to thank all those who participated in the second Visioning session that was held last Sunday. A special thanks to our facilitators, Dick Orth and Mary Lee Gaffney and to Deacon Dennis Donahue and John Haggerty who helped to organize the event. We will be giving you feedback in future bulletins about the fruits of the Visioning session. I am happy to report that as I write this article on the day after we met that follow up meetings are already being scheduled to work on actions we addressed. I thank you all for your willingness to be disciples for Christ. .
The First Annual Rochester Men’s Conference will be taking place soon. I encourage the men of the parish to consider participating. Below is information regarding the event and how you can register. There is also information below for the women of the parish about an upcoming
Magnificat Breakfast with a guest speaker. I have attended a Magnificat Breakfast in the past and I found it spiritually uplifting.
Have a blessed week, Father Bill