This week has been a busy one, but also a joyful one. It began with my celebration of a Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of St. Agnes Catholic School in Catonsville. It was the perfect time to celebrate this wonderful school as the Mass occurred on the first day of Catholic Schools Week. On Monday, I was pleased to be joined by our Chancellor of Education and Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jim Sellinger and Dr. Barbara Edmondson, as well as several priests from Frederick County as we visited St. John Regional School for a special Catholic Schools Week Mass. What a joy to be with the students, faculty, staff, along with parents and grandparents from St. John’s as well as neighboring Catholic schools of Visitation Academy, Mother Seton School, St. Thomas More Academy, and St. John’s Catholic Preparatory School. Both Masses were wonderful celebrations of the gift of Catholic education and opportunities to thank the many, many people who make our schools outstanding and who sacrifice much to send their children to a Catholic school in our Archdiocese.
The week continued with a visit to a meeting with ChristLife Young Adults, who, inspired by a deep sense of mission and fidelity to the Church, offer me great hope for the future of our Archdiocese and the wider community.
The Archdiocese was pleased to once again host the Mid-Atlantic Congress, which drew a record number of participants and bishops from throughout the United States. I was privileged to offer the Opening Mass of the Congress and to pray with and for all who were present that the Congress be a time of spiritual renewal for them and for their ministries.
Finally, the Basilica Rectory has a new addition: my dog, Bayley. He brings welcome energy and love to the rectory and the chancery. Pets are truly wonderful creatures God has created. Their endless love, faithfulness, and loyalty are wonderful examples that should never go unnoticed or unappreciated!