This photo was taken last April, the Sunday before our parish entered the Catholic Church on April 15, 2012. It’s the last time then Bishop Carl dressed in his episcopal garb.
Then a long period of wearing civvies, and now he’s back in clericals, praise the Lord!
The picture shows our former Fr. Deacon Michael Trolly, who is our organist, a cantor and expectant father (and all-around impressive young man with a deep faith and a solid educational formation), myself, then Bishop Carl, my friends Mary and Barbara and Peter.
There is Fr. Deacon Carl, back in uniform at the reception following his ordination to the diaconate.
Yesterday, I had a camera course to teach me how to use the bells and whistles of my new equipment. Since the course took place at the same time as our Mass at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I went to Mass earlier in the morning at one of the Catholic churches not far from where I live.
The church building is so modern that the Tabernacle is in a separate room, surrounded by kneelers. The music was contemporary praise-song like. Altar girls, women EMHCs wearing slacks. I prefer our Anglican Use form of worship, but I loved being there. The church was full of families and small children; the priest is really solid ad the community was warm, friendly and full of love, with gestures of affection among all members.
All I could think of is how happy I am to be Catholic, to be able to find myself at home in parishes across my city, across my country, across the world.
I am so thankful to Fr. Deacon Carl Reid who has been a true shepherd and not a hireling, willing to lay his life down for his sheep. What green pastures he has led us to through his obedience to the Lord!