About five years ago I was having lunch with a young couple who were members of St. James's in Cambridge, MA, He, Chris, and she, Trish were a joy and delight. Chris was about to qualify as a Psychologist.
I don't know what made me say it, but I remarked "Chris, I think that you should be a Priest not a Psychologist".
That got both of them thinking very deeply. In due course Chris decided to enter the "Discernment Process" for “would be Priests” in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Then "out of the blue” Chris was invited to work part time for the Latin American Council of Churches in Quito, Ecuador, and part time for the Episcopal Church in Ecuador.
Chris and Trish are fluent in Spanish, and had previously worked in South America, so they were delighted to make the move.
In due course the Diocese of Central Ecuador [part of the Episcopal Church] took on Chris’s "discernment process".
The end result is that Chris will be ordained Priest in the Diocese of Central Ecuador in Quito on Oct 2nd 2010.
Chris and Trish never forgot that I somehow helped them to get started on this path. They have asked me to be with them for the Ordination.
Even though I hate to travel I've decided to take the trip to Quito and to pray and love with Trish Chris and their daughters Clare and Isabel.
I will leave Sarasota on Sep 29th 2010, and return on Oct 6th 2010
I've visited the Continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America, so now it's time for South America. (Quito is 9,200' up in the Andes, so it should be quite the trip).
I know that I will never regret this decision to travel to Ecuador for Chris's Ordination; and to enjoy some days with Chris and Trish, and their daughters . (And to do a wee bit of sight-seeing in and around Quito).
Dang, Damn, Darn! We Priests are so fortunate! I respond with gratitude for this fabulous opportunity to travel and to be with some excellent folks!