September 26, 2016

I moved to Rochester just over a year ago, in June 2015. I was a fresh college graduate, excited to start out adulthood in a community burgeoning with young professionals. I knew that friends would not just show up on my doorstep (although sometimes I wished they would...

September 12, 2016

Dumbbell lunges? More like weighted genuflects, am I right? –AJH

I blame my dad for my sense of humor—the kind of humor only dads can provide. Yes, I blame my dad for my sense of humor, but I blame my mom for my fervent Catholicism. To be more precise, I blame my mom’s...

August 15, 2016

There are many reasons to go to World Youth Day. Lots of good reasons, and precious few bad ones. For me, though I had many motivations (getting to see the beauty of Poland, getting to walk and pray in Pope John Paul II's homeland) the thing I was looking forward to mo...

August 8, 2016

(The idea for the framing of this World Youth Day blog came from an entry in Emily Wilson’s scriptural devotional book for women. I read the reflection called “I Choose the Sky” the day after I returned from WYD).

This was one of the first pictures I took...

August 5, 2016

As stated in a previous post, I apologize for not having more blog posts written during World Youth Day.  During our travels, we came back to our hotel no earlier than 11pm most days and were out the door by 7am, plus lack of WiFi made blogging very difficult.  However...

August 4, 2016

Friday at World Youth Day is traditionally The Way of the Cross. This year's program integrated the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Examples: Jesus is condemned to death (shelter the homeless), Jesus meets his mother (comfort the afflicted), Jesus speaks to the...

July 31, 2016

This whole trip has been a pilgrimage leading up to the events of World Youth Day and more specifically the events with the Pope. Seeing all the important places and churches that were important to JPII was so special. Those of you that have travelled to Europe know th...

July 31, 2016

Blessed are the merciful.

Poland, specifically Krakow, is the land of Divine Mercy. It is the city whereinwhich Saint Faustina visited with Jesus face-to-face and he gave her his message of unending mercy. Through those visits we have a diary written by her with the acc...

July 31, 2016

Wednesday was a great day. It was also surprisingly restful for Suzanne and me. After our first morning of catechists and Mass (given and celebrated by Archbishop Kurtz (President of the USCCB) we made our way to the Tauron Arena on the other side of the city. The aren...

July 26, 2016

World Youth Day 2016 has officially begun! So what has today included? Well our bus this morning was late, it started pouring down rain while we were waiting for Mass, and as of this writing (11:07 pm) we are waiting for the bus to go back to the hotel after a  long jo...

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