Wednesday, July 08, 2009


"Might as well jump, jump!
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump. jump!
Go ahead, jump." (Van Halen - Jump, 1984)
hmmm, say what? excuse me? here i am, two months into the priesthood and i feel - how do i say "holy crap" in a pastoral way. i've barely begun my ministry and i can't help but feel grateful for this wonderful gift. however, i also see the great responsibility that comes with it.

Van Halen said it best. you've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real. i haven't seen much yet, but it has been an eye opening experience to say the least. last night i was called into the Civic Hospital to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick, anointing, for a woman who was on her last breaths. the family needed consolation, and they got me. ready or not, life has found me, and i'm getting ready to jump right in!

i never liked diving. i remember learning how to swim and i always was afraid of that high tower thing-a-ma-gig! in fact, i never enjoyed the small diving board, let alone diving off the side. ouch! after six years of formation at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, i am now a new baby priest of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. The High Board by Norman Rockwell seems fitting, no?

more on my journey thus far, since this blog is in it's 4th or 5th edition. for all those are used to my old website, i apologize for the major change. i would have liked to continue using my text editor and coding my site from scratch - which is what i have been doing for the past 10years. however, it seems that i do not have much time any more. i still would like to keep my thoughts flowing somewhat, so hopefully this format will help. i'll see what i can do in transferring some of my old content. until then, however, it seems that we have a brand new start. peace out.