All is going well here in Tulsa! I have been on assignment since the middle of May and all has been good so far. I had a garage sale a couple of weeks ago & sold a lot of my “stuff”. I still have some things so may do a repeat before the month of June is out. I also put my house on the market and had a contract in just 5 days – Whoo Whoo! It is set to close on June 24th and all looks good towards it happening on time. God has been so good in laying all of this out for me and sending just the right people to cross my path.
I attended a priests retreat for the Tulsa Diocese this week and it was outstanding. I got to meet a lot of the priests I will work with in the future, I attended sessions that taught me some very good information about being a priest and parish life, I got to spend some time with the Bishop (he is such a good man – I appreciate very much being associated with him), and also got to relax a little bit.
As for my assignment, I have jumped right into everything here at St. Bernard’s. I have been involved with the youth group and will attend a youth trip to Six Flags in Dallas next week, I have been visiting the sick in the hospital and homebound, I will help with Vacation Bible School, Diocesan Youth Camp, a Youth Retreat and just a host of other small duties with the Pastor, Father Jewitt, and his associate, Father Archie. We have been getting along very well and they are both a wealth of information. This will truly be a learning experience for me.
I will also be doing some other things for the Vocations Office this summer. It all will keep me very busy as I also do my studies for two philosophy courses I am taking on independent study. Keep me & all seminarians in your prayers. We all want to serve God and learn this summer, so it will take prayers and support to do so. I feel your prayers and offer my thanks for them. It is through prayer support that gives me energy and determination as I tackle each new task.
I pray that the Lord bless you this summer too, and that it be productive for you in whatever your endeavors.