This is Alumni Weekend at my college, Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. This is a special weekend for my class as it marks the 30th anniversary of our being dispatched from Mary’s Mountain with diploma in hand. I decided not to attend this event for two reasons.
First, this afternoon, I’ll be driving down to Charleston to be present at the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Mark Good. Deacon Mark recently graduated from the seminary at Mt. St. Mary’s and I have gotten to known him over the years and more recently one of his brothers that lives on Hilton Head Island. I have never attended an ordination before and I am excited about sharing this day with Mark and his family.
The second reason is that tomorrow, we start our annual family summer vacation. I can’t recall ever being able to spend the entire week at the beach and I am pleased with the possibility of doing so. Lots of bike riding, blogging, reading and a little shark fishing thrown in for some excitement. I will also have the opportunity to attend Father Mark’s first Mass, at his home Parish, Holy Family Catholic Church on Hilton Head on Sunday morning.
To all my old, (yes old) college friends, I see your names on the list of who are attending and I regret I will not be spending this weekend with you, but life is full of choices.
The choice to stay in South Carolina this weekend was an easy one.