Sunday, July 23, 2006

the Joe E. Bishop show

The comment of the week, no make that the comment of the month, came from reader Jennifer on Wednesday. I had written about some recent and unfortunate instances of people I know turning up in the news. Jennifer joked that maybe Abby Ham should keep her distance from me. It's fitting to mention on a Sunday that this weekend's newspapers had some good news about two people I know from church.

Knoxville Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz is one of eight top candidates for the bishop opening in Pittsburgh. Their bishop recently became archbishop of Washington, DC. On a side note, I accidentally caught a few seconds of "The Tonight Show" while looking for my remote control the other day. One of Jay Leno's "Headlines" was a photo of the outgoing Pittsburgh bishop's farewell Mass. As a deacon knelt for the consecration, the photo made it look like he was just a disembodied head on the altar. Anyway, I've met Bishop Kurtz several times. I'm not sure that he remembers me each time but he does always recall meeting my mother and grandmother when I mention it to him. On more than one occasion Bishop Kurtz remembered that they were from New York. It might have been their accents.

One year for Pentecost, I was given the responsibility of organizing some volunteers to translate the General Intercessions into various languages. One of the volunteers introduced me to his son, who has some developmental difficulties. Despite his problems, he is able to be an altar server at our church. Yesterday's paper had a heartwarming story about the boy at the big swim meet on Friday.
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Blogger Heather said...

What is Fookien?

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Blogger Heather said...

Thanks, What ever happened to services being in Latin?

Anonymous Pam Mc said...

Very good story about Alex...I really enjoyed it. Thanx Frank


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