For Every Storm, A Rainbow

True-life story – I’m sitting in the middle of Panera Bread back in my hometown laughing out loud at my three drafts (a.k.a. failed attempts) of a “last blog” I began weeks ago in Ireland.  As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it there.  How did my two years of […]

“Moo”-re Ministry!

Last Friday, Teach Bhríde’s friend, Jim, took us out for a day trip to his brother-in-law’s farm, Cullenstown, and Kilmore Quay. What happens when you put four animal-deprived Americans on a farm for the morning? Chaos, squeals, screams of delight, etc., that’s what! My mom’s always said that children and animals seem to unnaturally flock […]

Sacrament Season

Where has the last month gone?  Between the Passion Play, Easter, and three out of four Wexford Teach Bhríde families visiting, I’m not really sure what happened to April. However, one thing has become quite evident since our return from the Easter holidays – it’s Sacrament Season! All of our First Communicants from Kennedy Park, […]

The Play’s the Thing

Many people thought I wouldn’t be crazy enough to try this “Resurrection Play” thing again.  Well, they were right.  I mean, we don’t want to give the same story two years in a row, now, do we?  So, instead, I’m going back to the original idea of the “Passion Play”…! Rehearsals began last week, and […]

Christmas in…October?

One of the ways I chose to be a bit of a goofball in front of the kids last year was by wearing a different obnoxious, ugly Christmas sweater (jumper) for each Youth Choir rehearsal during the month of December.  (They mostly got uncomfortable chuckles from the kids, but making them laugh is one of […]

Glen of the Two Lakes

One of my favorite pilgrimages we took last year was to Glendalough in County Wicklow.  Going in mid-November, we had the pleasure of seeing a myriad of autumn colors, albeit in very cold conditions.  This year, Sr. Mary and I planned the trip a little earlier in the season so we could hopefully take advantage […]

A Time for Praying

It’s staggering to think that Teach Bhríde V’s year in Wexford is coming to a close.  In many ways, it feels like we just began.  So many of our “firsts” have recently become “lasts,” and we have already said our goodbyes to Mary.  While I know these aren’t “lasts” for me, as I’m returning to […]