It is hard to believe it has been three years since I have posted to this blog.
Realistically I do all my updating on my Facebook page – so here is the link:
Well, I thought I would let you know that I am playing this Saturday, March 27, at Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus for EcoFest. My friend, Dan Butchee, and I will be doing an acoustic set from noon to 1:00. Free admittance!!!! Come on out if you can – NE corner of Apache and Harvard. Should be a fun time.
I can’t believe it has been since July 2009 that I posted on my blog. I guess my Facebook has been getting the little online time I have spent.
Well, I have been at Catholic Charities for a little over 2 years – life has been good. We have moved into our new facilities at 2450 North Harvard – what a nice campus to offer to those we serve. Since moving in November we continue to see an increase in people seeking assistance and in volunteers to help us serve.
I have been doing lots of playing – both in the church and outside. I also have given a couple of retreats (one more coming up next weekend) and doing lots of different ministry work. God has truly blessed me beyond what I can think or ask.
I hope it won’t be that long again before I post. you can always visit my Facebook to see some short blurbs from time to time http://www.facebook.com/johntheblessed.
Pray for unity in the church and in our world. We need to be more focused on our relationships (with God and others) than on our differences and quarrels.
I finally got some of the 1,100 pictures online. I have not added captions – will do that over the next week or so.
Here is the site – http://www.flickr.com/photos/johntheblessed/sets/72157621734162023/
Well, I have arrived in India. I traveled to the southern tip of India to the state of Tamil Nadu. Two of my friends from seminary, Jegan and Anto are going to be ordained priests and I am going to join them for the celebration and then a couple of weeks of vacation. Their home city is Palayamkottai (pronounced Polly-ohm-co-tie).
I am really excited about the trip and adventure! I will post some pictures when I return.
Say a prayer or two for me as well as for Jegan and Anto. It will be a glorious celebration I’m sure.
It has been a little while since I have posted, mainly because I have been focussing any off-work time to my thesis. I finished it, submitted it, it was accepted, graded and I have now officially completed all the requirements for the MTS – Master of Theological Studies.
I will be going to St. Meinrad on Thursday to graduate on Saturday and receive my diploma!!!
I am sooooooooo glad that is behind me now. I have a new appreciation for individuals who work full-time and go to school at the same time. Lots of distractions and hard to be focused.
But alas, it is completed. Here is the official announcement: http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/News_detail.aspx?NewsID=364
When I get back I will try to give a post with a picture or two of my time in Indiana.
Here is a link to pictures taken by the Saint Meinrad staff.
I invited Fr. Tam Nguyen and Fr. Brian O’Brien to my home last evening to bless it and have dinner. Fr. O’Brien actually performed the blessing and we had a nice dinner at Oklahoma Style BBQ which is not too far from where I live.
So now… John the Blessed has a blessed home to live in – YEA!!!!!!!
I am pretty much settled in, have been working on the thesis for my MTS (Master of Theological Studies) which is due in a couple of months, and been very busy at work. As I have been compiling the numbers for last years volunteers at Catholic Charities, it is amazing how many we have helping us. I am just over 1,250 volunteers for the 2008 year – WOW!!! 1,250 have given time, energy, talents and shared themselves with the people we serve. That is AWESOME!
Well I must get ready for another day. I am manning a booth at the TCC (Tulsa Community College) International Festival today. Should be a good day!