Thursday, May 31, 2007

Out and About - May 2007

Well, as you’ll see, it’s been another month of “out and about” activities!

May Day 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more May Day images and commentary, click here.

My friend Brian Reusch (center) was welcomed as a new Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Consociate Candidate during a Ritual of Commitment and Welcome at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul on May 5.

Consociates are women and men of diverse ages, ministries, spiritualities, faith traditions, and backgrounds. What they all have in common, however, is an expressed desire to live the Sister of St. Joseph’s mission to love God and neighbor without distinction. In short, consociates live the vision and values of the Sisters within the framework of their own lives and responsibilities.

Pictured with Brian is (from left) Sister Candidate Tam Thi Tran; Lois Mineau; Angie Schreiber, CSJ; and Mary Virginia Micka, CSJ.

I am halfway through my consociate candidacy program, which I was welcomed into last May.

For Sister Joan Chittister’s insightful reflections on associate/consociate programs, click

Above and below:
From May 5-14, I participated in various events associated with the inspiring Fast of Faith and Hope for Immigration Reform.

For more images and commentary, see the previous Wild Reed post, Fasting, Praying, and Walking for Immigration Reform.

My friends
Brigid McDonald, CSJ, and Tom and Darlene White at the Sisters of St. Joseph’s “Carondelet Gala” in support of St. Mary’s Health Clinics – Minneapolis Hilton, May 11, 2007.

St. Mary’s Health Clinics deliver basic primary health care services at neighborhood clinics operating in churches, community centers, and at seven Park Nicollet Clinic locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and several suburbs. The clinics, operating one or two days per week in sixteen locations, offer primary care, referrals to specialists, laboratory, radiology, in-patient, and prescription medications – all free to patients who otherwise would have no access to medical care.

Entertainment at the May 11 Carondelet Gala was provided by the band Synergy.

On May 17, I took my friend Kathleen’s young son, Joey, to see internationally-acclaimed violinist
Joshua Bell, who was performing with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul.

Joey, himself, is becoming quite an accomplished violinist, as can be seen here.

The beautiful spring weather of May saw me out and about on my bicycle – with one of my favorite destinations being the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River (above), not far from my home in St. Paul.

I’ve also been spending time in the garden and taking the time to admire (and get ideas from) neighboring gardens (below).

For more photos of spring in Minnesota, click here.

Above and below:
Pentecost Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, Minnesota.

For more images and commentary on the Rainbow Sash presence at the cathedral, click here.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Out and About - April 2007
Spring Round-Up

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