“Go and announce the gospel of the Lord”

That was the theme of the retreat I preached this weekend to the deacons of Pittsburgh in scenic Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at St. Vincent’s College.  (That’s the basilica pictured above.)  It was a rewarding weekend in many ways, and I left well-nourished physically AND spiritually!  Thank you to all of those whose prayers and warm wishes accompanied us.  And: I remain eternally grateful to the good men of Pittsburgh — and their wonderful wives! — who made this boy from Brooklyn feel so welcome.

Below is the chapel where we held our liturgies and where I gave my talks.

And here I am with the wizard behind it all, Deacon Stephen Byers, the program director in Pittsburgh. Kudos and thanks for a beautifully orchestrated retreat!