Thursday, March 03, 2011

Men's Conference in Pendelton Oregon

Last Friday I traveled with three other Cathedral parishoners to Pendleton Oregon, for the third annual "Go West Catholic Men" conference. (link)

The conference feature presentations by Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura of the Vatican (think: Chief Justice of the Vatican's Supreme Court), Bishop Robert Vasa (late of the diocese of Baker Oregon and soon to be installed in Santa Rosa, California), Father Clement of St. Mary Church, Pendleton, the host, and Doug Barry, host of EWTN program "Life on the Rock". Music was provided by the Wyoming Catholic College Choir, with 26 students travelling from Lander Wyoming under the direction of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor of Theology and Philosophy, and one time novice of the Dominican laity.

The link above now has the presentation, audio, and pictures, and I'd direct you there. however, I want to include one here because it was such a remarkable experience. Fr. Clement preceeded eucharistic adoration with a brief meditation on the scripture where the woman was healed from a 12 year hemorage by touching the hem of Jesus' garment; Jesus asks who touched him while he is being crushed by a crowd "for power went out..."

Father held the monstrance for 45 minutes while two acolytes held the ends of the humeral veil stretched out (it must have been 20 feet long!), and some 500 men nealt before Jesus and touched/kissed/wept on the hem of His garment.

There also was an "International Rosary" with the Boise Diocese's own Fr Eladio Vieyra (Immaculate Conception, Buhl) and our friend from the Baker Diocese, Fr. Andrew Szymakowski, recently of St Brigit, Nyssa Oregon, now at Wasco Oregon. first time I'd heard the Hail Mary in German; beautiful!

and who doesn't love a Professor, a Cardinal, a Bishop, and the wonderful young people who gave up their weekend to be the choir for our masses? They sang beautiful chant, sacred polyphony, and sacred hymns, earning a comment from Cardinal Burke: "thank you for providing the sort of music that the Holy Father has been asking for!"

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