Sunday, July 15, 2018

Next time you are in Northern New England...

Make sure you visit the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, New Hampshire, where a magnificent Church contains this window, commemorating the mid-nineteenth century apparition of the weeping Virgin, calling all to prayer and penance.

The shrine is built on the site of the former Shaker community of Enfield, with part of the property restored as a fascinating museum to the Shakers, dedicated to extraordinary craftsmanship, like these simple but beautiful miniatures painted by one of the more artistic members of the community.

Make sure you visit the birthplace of 
Calvin Coolidge, our thirtieth President, (most impressive presidential site I have seen). Here’s the simple room he was born in:

And the extraordinary 
Union Christian Church he prayed in, the first example of "Carpenter Gothic" I have ever seen.

And the simple grave he was buried in.

When Calvin Coolidge was still a young member of the the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (before he was elected Governor) he insisted to his fellow legislators that God was the true author of all good order and that "Men do not make laws, they do but discover them."

Finally, in Tamworth Village, New Hampshire there’s a lovely "country doctor" museum on a working farm which reflects on the medical care provided by two generations of "Doctors Remick."  This is the chair on which you would sit to have your tooth pulled (or experience all sorts of other procedures).

And by the way, try to pick a day to visit when it is less than one hundred degrees out!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Remembering Georgia, from long ago...

During vacation, now drawing to a close, Father Busch and I found many geocaches, including one this morning in Freeport, Maine. It was, like many of the Maine caches, close-by to a cemetery, this one in Freeport, Maine (Yes, we made a pilgrimage to LL Bean, too).

We wandered a bit through the cemetery and came across the grave of Georgia Brewer, daughter of George and Hanna Brewer. She was nineteen years old when they buried her on August 25, 1874.

It was the eve of the industrial revolution and barely a decade after the civil war when George and Hanna buried their teenage daughter. Just a little over 2,000 people lived in Freeport (and LL Bean was just two years old and living over an hour away).

I was touched, as I am frequently, by the deep feeling and faith of the epitaph, which I share here with our dear readers. Please join me in saying a prayer for Georgia, and for her faithful mom and dad.

We give thee up our Georgia dear,
Whom on earth we loved so well;
For we know that thou art happy,
In that land with Christ to dwell.
But oh! Georgia, how we miss thee,
Miss thy voice so full of love;
But we know that thou art singing,
Songs of joy with saints above.

Just a few more weeks...

As the sun begins to set over the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, the men from SJS take a few hours to relax and their weeks of prayer and study begin to draw to a close.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Monday witnessed the best SJS GOLF TOURNAMENT ever with 114 golfers (one of whom even got a Hole in One - congrats, Kevin Landry!) 26 hole sponsors, and a rip-roaring Live Auction at the end of the evening. For the first time ever we even had bidding online leading up to the event, which made it all the more exciting!  A wonderful time was had by all, all the the Glory of God and the good of our Seminarians!

Thanks to All Who Made this Possible by their Hard Work and Great Ideas!

Here are a few photos from the day, courtesy of the talented George Martell. See the rest here!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Just a few hours left for Online Bidding!

There are just a few hours left until the online phase of our Golf Auction ends TONIGHT! 

Don't miss out on your chance to bid on these great items: we have Red Sox/Yankees tickets, a Patriots Club Suite with VIP parking, a Week on Lake Winnisquam, Jimmy Buffett tickets at Fenway, an Italian feast in your home made by yours truly and Fr. Chris O'Connor (and served by seminarians!)....and more!

Get your bids in NOW before the auction closes at 11:59PM EST - the live auction will take place tomorrow evening (Monday, July 9) at the Golf Tournament, and any online winners will be notified by email on Tuesday, July 10. GOOD LUCK and Happy Bidding!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Some days away...

Father Joseph Busch and I are taking a few days away in Northern New England to rest and enjoy the wildlife, some of which seems to have taken more than a passing interest in me!

Happy Birthday Father Conn!

Our own beloved Father Jim Conn celebrated his seventieth birthday with a dozen priest friends a couple days ago.  A magnificent time was had by all!  Ad multos Annos!