Thursday, March 30, 2017

Behind the grille

Meeting with the Carmelites is always like a scene out of "Story of a Soul."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The End.

We stopped for a burger at the McDonald's on Madison, apparently for the last time. It will be good for the heart health of the whole neighborhood but now there are even fewer places to eat.

An ordination

Tonight we went to an ordination. Bishop Barber of Oakland ordained a Jesuit classmate of M's to the diaconate. I don't know how they did it but it only took an hour and fifteen minutes.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

To Walk Invisible

We are about to watch a movie about the Brontës. 😱😱😱

Saturday, March 25, 2017

At the Cheer Auction

We ran into Sister Mary Annette in front of the prayer shawl she knitted.

In Fremont

Very scenic scenery up here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Seven years ago

Seven years ago we would have been in the middle of the Easter Vigil right now. Yikes.

Who knew?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring garden tour

There are even daffodils growing in the compost bin.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A busy weekend

On Saturday we had a lovely tea party. Sage handled his tea cup very well at his very first tea party! Then on Sunday we had the St Patrick's breakfast which was actually very fun.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mother Joseph and friends

We visited the statue of Mother Joseph with the Sisters of Providence!

At Advocacy Day

The fighting 11th trying to decide who is actually going to talk to our elected representatives. I guess this is what democracy actually looks like.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Back at Wendy's

After considerable hesitation we decided to have lunch at Wendy's which means we will have to have dinner at Royal Farms, a gas station/restaurant. Blech. Now we're drinking sodas and reading about Delmarva's sketchy past.

Before and after

Mighty winter storm Stella has been a bit underwhelming.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Old Bo

Wilmington's pioneer church is called "Old Bohemia," Old Bo for short. This is where the first Jesuits ministered (often under pseudonyms because of persecution). It seems they also had a tobacco plantation to support themselves. It seems they had slaves, too.

At St Joseph on the Brandywine

Joe the Biden grew up looking at this window which is in his parish church. Beau Biden is buried in the cemetery here.

Typical treasures

Relics, holy cards, croziers, and the like--the stuff of diocesan archives.

At the Archives

This morning we met with the team for the diocesan sesquicentennial at the Archives, which are housed at St Joseph Church on he Brandywine--the Bidens' parish! It was very, very chilly, so no need to take off jacket or scarf.

In the sunshine

We are sitting in a sunny Wendy's reading about the mighty nor'easter which is supposed to bury the region in 8-12 inches of snow tomorrow. All of our plans to explore the diocese have gone by the wayside. On the other hand, I guess we can use all the time we set aside for research to write the book.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pope Francis was here

The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia is quite majestic.

A very famous bell

Lots and lots of people want to see this bell every day.

The room where it happened

This is the room where the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution were debated and signed. The only piece of furniture that was actually in the room on those occasions is the chair in which Geo. Washington sat.

Independence Hall

We had an exciting time getting to Independence Hall because of the St Patrick's Day parade which was going right past the ticket booth.

Historic lunch

We are eating lunch at the City Tavern in Philadelphia, gathering place of revolutionaries. The beers are, from left, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

At the Cathedral

We celebrated Mass with the friendly people of the Wilmington Cathedral this morning. The Cathedral is quite small and so is the congregation.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Epicenter of Historical Reenactors

There were people in costume all over Gettysburg: men in accurate blue and gray uniforms, and women in petticoats. In the bookstore there were two men in ordinary clothes having a passionate discussion about some detail of the battle.

In Wilmington

We had Mass among the good people of St Elizabeth Parish in Wilmington. This is where they celebrated the installation of Bishop Malooly as it is considerably bigger than the Cathedral.

At Gettysburg

We visited the battlefield at Gettysburg, which was crowded with people of all ages. There's a 360 degree painting telling the whole story of the battle.

I'm on their side:

A cannon at the site where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address.

In the Basilica

Miss Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey's journal and a lock of her hair. She was a member of Trinity Church and quite active in New York society. Her father-in-law was a friend and associate of Alexander Hamilton.