(Image: Jesus blesses the children, as described in Matthew 19:14.)
…or should I say, new apostolate?
The reason for my recent blog silence is that I recently took a position as Director of Religious Education at a small parish in Orange County, New York (one of the “upper counties” of the Archdiocese), in a village which is about a forty-minute drive from my hometown.
There are about two-hundred children in my after-school and evening catechism program, in first through eighth grades.* I also have a team of about twenty catechists, who all seem to be really dedicated Catholics and lovely people!
Even though I am thinking that I will probably go back to school again at some point (possibly for a Canon Law degree), right now I’m overjoyed to be “dedicated to the service of the Church” in such a direct way. It’s a real privilege to be able to spend my days helping people come to know Jesus Christ.
But while obviously I’ve been pretty busy lately, I do plan to keep up the blog. Regular posting will resume shortly. In the meantime, please say a prayer that we have a great upcoming year in my parish’s Religious Education program!
* International readers: first through eighth grades covers children from six to fourteen years old.