April 16, 2017

The Easter Itinerancy

(An old post updated)

Every year on this holy night I reflect on the grace of itinerancy that the Holy Spirit has given me; only twice in my whole baptism have I been in the same place for the Easter Vigil for more than two years in a row. When I think about the places I've been for the Vigil, it puts me in awe of God and in a state of gratitude for my journey.

Here's my Easter Vigil history:
  • 2017: San Camillo de Lellis, Rome (in the 25th year of my baptism)
  • 2016: Capuchin General Curia, Rome (concelebrant)


  • 2015: (None, didn't feel well. I prayed what the Liturgy of the Hours provides for those who don't take part--first time for that!)
  • 2014: Capuchin International College 'San Lorenzo da Brindisi,' Rome (concelebrant)
  • 2013: Capuchin International College 'San Lorenzo da Brindisi,' Rome (concelebrant)
  • 2012: Monastery of St. Clare, Jamaica Plain, MA (celebrant)
  • 2011: Rosary Manor, Dominican Sisters of Peace, Watertown, MA
  • 2010: Sacred Heart, Yonkers, NY (concelebrant, initiation of my first born)
  • 2009: Sacred Heart, Yonkers, NY (concelebrant)


  • 2008: Sacred Heart, Yonkers, NY (concelebrant)
  • 2007: St. Anne-St. Augustin, Manchester, NH (deacon)


  • 2006: St. Anne, Readville, MA (acolyte)
  • 2005: St. Anne, Readville, MA (acolyte)
  • 2004: Our Lady of Lourdes, Jamaica Plain, MA (server)
  • 2003: Our Lady of Lourdes, Jamaica Plain, MA (server)
  • 2002: St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt. Calvary, WI
  • 2001: St. Francis Friary, Garrison, NY (server)
  • 2000: St. Francis Friary, Garrison, NY (lector)
  • 1999: St. Lawrence, West Haven, CT
  • 1998: St. Lawrence, West Haven, CT
  • 1997: St. Lawrence, West Haven, CT
  • 1996: St. Mary's, New Haven, CT
  • 1995: Holy Cross, Bronx, NY
  • 1994: St. Mary's Abbey, Morris Township, NJ
  • 1993, ?, Verona, Italy

Christ is Risen! Happy Easter!

April 9, 2017

Franciscan Identity Crisis Ramble

I've been thinking about trying to write this post for a long time.

There's a lot of begging in Rome. There are scammers too, but with the scams that I usually get, I guess because I look like a good 'ugly American' mark, I've grown wise and I turn the tables and frustrate the person and try to playfully shame him."What would your mama say? Going around tricking foreigners!"

But it's the begging that troubles me more.