Deacon Farmer Serves Up Pumpkins, Pies and Prayer

Trabbic Farm - pumpkins

“I carve prayers in the pumpkins when they’re small,” says Sharon Trabbic, “and as they grow, the prayers grow as well.”Deacon Ken Trabbic and his wife Sharon are the owners/operators of the Trabbic Family Farm, where they produce over 20 acres of pumpkins as well as wheat, field corn, sweet corn, soybeans and hay.  The farm has been in the Trabbic family for over 100 years; and the Trabbics write on their website about how they decided to establish the pumpkin patch: “After praying and aski … [Read more...]

On the Feast of Blessed John Paul II: A Photo Montage from his Beatification

This banner was erected after the Beatification--I suppose because had it been there for the event, it would have blocked the view.

That was the week that was.  Five days of inspiring encounters, amazing introductions, challenging conversations.In the first week of May 2011, it was my great privilege to be in Rome for the first-ever Vatican Blogfest and, not coincidentally, the Beatification of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  I thought I’d share some photo memories from my Beatification album with you today, on JPII’s feast day. *     *     *     *     *On May 2, I watched the sun rise over the Tib … [Read more...]

The Family as Domestic Church: The Quattrocchi’s Are a Contemporary Case Study


Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi understood the need to nurture faith in their young children, and integrated prayer into the daily routine in their family.Born in Italy in the early 1880s, the couple married in November 1905 in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.  Luigi was a lawyer and civil servant; Maria dedicated herself to her family, while volunteering for a number of charitable and social Catholic movements.The Quattrocchis had four children.  Filippo, the eldest, became a … [Read more...]