Since I am away from Mother Knoll most weekends from Friday evening till Monday morning, I rely on other sources for important info that might transpire in my absence. To that end, I am grateful to Fr. Ed Szendrey for pointing out that the very successful Alumni weekend will culminate with a liturgy, i.e. Mass in Queen of Apostles Chapel.
It was good to see so many friends from years past, and greater still to have our halls bristling with life, laughter and enthusiasm. Kudos to Mr. Dave Brown and all his committee for all their time, dedication and hard work in putting this weekend together.
It is extremely edifying to be reminded that the Maryknoll spirit is not confined to these walls and continues long after men are no longer in Maryknoll. This is about as smooth a segue as I can muster for another posting on "The Situation."
I was among five people cc-ed a cancellation from a local college who had reserved space here as in years past for their annual youth ministry workshop. They cited that after prayerful consideration, they could not condone Maryknoll's "abuse of Fr. Roy." This has been the only group to cancel because of L'Affaire Bourgeois.
Meanwhile, Fr. Pete. Ruggere sent me the following letter to be posted on this blog:
Sent: 8/25/2011 6:34:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: Roy you are in good company
Could this be put on the Knollnews blog? Thanks.
Sent: 8/25/2011 6:29:58 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: Roy you are in good company
In this very difficult time for you I hope this will be a consolation.
When St. Thomas More was on trial for his life, he had to chose between publicly recanting his beliefs or death by beheading, he said:
"...in things touching conscience, every true and good subject is more bound to have respect for his said conscience and to his soul than to any other thing in all the world beside."
(source: Ackroyd, Peter The Life of Thomas More, Doubleday, 1998)
Pete Ruggere MM