This is a very exciting week for our Church and for our Country. We have the awesome privilege of having our Holy Father visit so many sites so close to our own homes. For me and for all of our seminarians, this is made even more exciting by having the opportunity of being able to go to Mass with the Holy Father, either in Washington, D.C., or in New York City. In Washington, D.C., at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, our Holy Father will celebrate an outdoor Mass with close to 30,000 people, including many seminarians and religious from across the country. At this Mass he will also canonize Junipero Serra, the Franciscan Friar who founded the first nine missions in present day California. This is going to be such an amazing experience not only because we get to attend Mass with Pope Francis, but also because we will get to witness this canonization! I’m even more excited because I will be distributing Holy Communion for the Mass.
Here at St. Mary’s there has been a great buzz of excitement over this. We’ve all just received information on the visit and the deacons who are assisting with the distribution of Communion received our initial instructions. Even knowing that it will take a great deal of effort to get to the venue and find our bus afterwards, the level of excitement is electric.
If you have an Instagram account you should follow iRace4Vocations. Throughout the day I’ll try to post photos to share with you what we’re seeing at the Mass. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll get to take a selfie with him! Please pray for Pope Francis during his Apostolic Journey to our country and for all those who are traveling to see him!