As many of you know, my youngest son is a Catholic priest. For the last year he has been working solo as the acting pastor of three small parishes in southern Kentucky. In this part of Kentucky Catholics are few and far between so some consider this area as the “Southern Kentucky Missions”. For the first year that you are “flying solo” you are considered an Administrator. My son has successfully been the “acting” pastor for the last year so he is now being formally made the Pastor. It’s a big deal so this weekend my wife and I, along with Chloe, are going there to attend the formal ceremonies that accompany this change. Archbishop Kurtz will be there as well to make it official. Technically the Archbishop is my son’s boss. The Archbishop’s boss is Pope Francis. I still remember the day, a little over ten years ago, when Nick came to me and told me he wanted to be a priest. At the time it kind of blew me away because I did not see it coming. Despite my own background of going to the seminary and living in a monastery I can honestly say I never did anything intentionally to encourage Nick in this direction. Some things in life are a calling. After he went through the rigorous process of being accepted into the seminary, my wife and I drove him to Indianapolis to attend Marian College. Within the college there is a seminary program for men who need to complete their undergraduate degree before doing graduate level work in theology. Nick did his graduate level theological studies at St. Meinrad School of Theology and now has a Master’s Degree. I enjoyed those four years because the school is only about 75 miles away and is run by Benedictine monks. For obvious reasons I always enjoyed visiting there. The day we first drove Nick to Marian College it must have been 95 degrees. We found the seminary residence hall and it had no air conditioning. The poor priest who was the seminary Rector was sweating profusely as he tried to get everyone to their assigned rooms. When my wife and I finally said goodbye and left Nick, I wondered how it would all turn out and if he would be happy. Ten years later and four years as a priest he is very happy. He loves his current assignment and he especially likes being in a small town and rural environment. By all appearances, he seems to be happy and thriving. Whether your son is a priest or a plumber, isn’t this what all parents want for a child?
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