Recent Religious Conference

From the Desk of Fr Stephen 

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune of going out to Los Angeles for a religious conference.  It is the largest sort of conference like this in the country and it is always held in the spring with about 40,000 people attending.  I was asked to go by the Redemptorist vocation team to promote the Redemptorists and all that they are about.  We spent much of our time talking with many people and handing out literature about the Redemptorists, especially devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  It was just amazing and encouraging to see so many faith filled people of all nationalities coming together and trying to enhance their faith in some way.

There were many facets to the whole event.  There were many talks given by different speakers on a variety of topics.  I happened to be able to go to two of the talks.  The first was from a priest who had spent many years working with young adults.  It was very informative and helpful to get his perspective.  I also went to a talk from a woman on racism.  This, again, was very thought provoking and helpful in my own understanding of race relations.  I found both talks very good.  I wish I had the time to go to a couple more.

Where I spent most of my time was in a huge arena that was set up for many vendors to show forth their religious good.  All of the major religious orders, both men and women, like the Redemptorists, were their promoting their own congregations.  We happened to be in the same area as the people promoting the Liguorian magazine.  As the people looked at the literature, we had the chance to talk to many of them about the Redemptorists and who they were and why they came to the event.  It was all very good, but tiring as we stood most of the day and conversed with so many.

I am hoping maybe in the future that we might be able to send a group from the Rock to the event.  I think it would open many eyes to the broader church and how we are all in this together.  As always, the major hurdle would be expenses, but maybe we could come up with the funds we need from somewhere.  I was very happy to take part in the event and hope to be able to do it again sometime in the future.

Just a reminder also that there are a certain few who have made it a point to come to adoration and benediction every week at 4:30 on Mondays followed by mass.  We talk about promoting things at the Rock, what could be more appropriate than coming to pray with one another in devotion to the Eucharist.  I hope to see more of you there in the future.