More than 30 young adults from around the country have gathered at Bethany for a two-week orientation to overseas mission workshop. Maryknoll Lay Missioner Joe Regotti is fascilitating the program for these lay missioners, most of whom are Salesians. None is from Maryknoll.
These young people are going to some serious mission territories such as Rwanda, Guyana, Bolivia and China. It is very refreshing to have young Catholics bubbling over with enthusiasm for overseas mission, theology and the Catholic Church. They will be joining us for lunch on Thursday (tomorrow.)
A big thank you to a fellow Maryknoller who wishes to remain anonymous and who contacted me with a donation of $1,000 to offset the cost of the commissioned icon of Our Lady of Maryknoll. I know this money could have been given to the poor but I firmly believe Maryknoll's refunding (Ha! Talk about Freudian slip! That should be REFOUNDING) starts with our spirituality and prayer life, and these ought to be rooted firmly in devotion to the Mother of God.
On a more mundane note, new emergency vehicle access lanes, such as the ones now under the lawn on either side of the kiosk in the main quadrangle, are now being laid in the north quadrangle. Hopefully the lawn will recover despite the hottest weather on record and Day 17 of the current heatwave of 90 degree weather in July alone.
Keep cool, everyone!