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Marriage Encounter

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011
I was pleased to meet with Carmen and Martin Hernandez early in May to discuss Marriage Encounter. They administer the Spanish-speaking program in our diocese. >>>

May Day

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011

May 1st turned out to be quite a full day! Early in the morning I attended the breakfast and opening ceremonies of the Greater Salt Lake Boy Scout Council’s Scout-a-Rama. This is the centennial year of the scouts so the event had even more significance than usual. I am deeply impressed with the scouting programs here in Utah. There is a real energy and vitality that drives the leaders and the scouts themselves. I am grateful to Father Jim Blaine, Ms. Pam Grant and Mr. Donald Ellefsen for all they do in promoting and facilitating the scouting program in our diocese.

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Ice Fishing on Strawberry Lake

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011
Believe it or not, I went ice fishing on my day off earlier this week. >>>

The Trappists in Huntsville

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011
Speaking of monasteries, earlier this week I spent an overnight at the Trappist monastery in Huntsville. >>>

Carmelite Monastery

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011

Last week I had an opportunity to visit our wonderful Carmelite Sisters at their monastery on Holladay Boulevard in eastern Salt Lake City. We are certainly blessed to have their presence in our diocese. Their apostolate of prayer is essential for the vitality of the diocese. As Lord Tennyson said, more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. (Did he end his sentence in a preposition?!) That is why St. Theresa of the Child Jesus is called a patroness of the missions, even though she never left her Carmel. She prayed unceasingly for the missions that the people there would be disposed to listen to the missionaries. This “pre-disposing” grace is very important in furthering the Gospel and the Church credits St. Theresa for her apostolate of prayer, which is every bit as real and effective as the missionaries who actually worked in the mission fields.

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Centennial Celebration of the Boy Scouts of America

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011

I was honored to attend a marvelous dinner celebration of the Boy Scouts’ Centenary at the Salt Palace last Thursday night. There were more than 2,500 persons in attendance, including the Lieutenant Governor and the national chief of scouts. The meal was quite tasty and the entertainment by Eclipse was really enjoyable. Scouting is very big here in Utah. In fact, relatively speaking, there are more young men participating in the Boy Scouts here in Utah than in any other state.

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Visit of Cardinal George

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011
Last week we were privileged to welcome Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the United States Catholic Conference to the Diocese of Utah. >>>

St. Catherine Parish and Newman Center

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011

I am grateful to the Dominican Fathers and Brother for inviting me to dinner last Monday night, February 22. We had communal prayer together and then enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Father Peter Rogers, OP, and ably assisted by Father Peter Do, OP, and Brother Ambrose Sigman. It was good to share some quiet time together and the meal was really fantastic.

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Cathedral of the Madeleine Closes Centennial Celebration

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011
Last Monday we gathered for a wonderful conclusion to a year of celebration of the Cathedral’s Centenary. >>>

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Saturday, Jan. 08, 2011

We had a marvelous celebration of the Eucharist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Kearns Sunday. This predominantly Vietnamese community welcomed me warmly as they presented me with twenty-eight candidates for confirmation. In addition, we welcomed in the Year of the Tiger, asking God to bless us and to grant us peace and growth in the new lunar year.

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