I have just returned from Oklahoma City for our Southwestern Lieutenency's annual meeting. Five members from Holy Redeemer were invested: Sir Phillip and Lady Denise Pesek, Dr. Sir Ken Gati, and Lady Daion Gati, and Lady Susan Hobart. There were also three others that I had nominated from the diocese of Little Rock: Fr. Aaron Pirerra, OSB, and Deacon Sir Robert Cowie, and Lady Elizabeth Cowie.
It was an especially great time, filled with liturgy and prayer, and much renewing of friendships from our pilgrimage of last November. There were also some late-night sessions in the hotel bar, but I will not comment on them other than to say that they were deep and amicable, and a lot of fun.
We were addressed at the Sunday evening banquet by Arch-eparch Elias Chacour, of the Galilee. It was a very interesting and blunt account of the life of Christians in the Holy Land. I am hoping that I will be able to gather a group of pilgrims who would go and see his work, after all, he invited us.
Tonight I will stay at the abbey, and then leave tomorrow for Little Rock and continuing education for the clergy. We will study the motu proprio, Summorum Potificum on the greater access to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, known as the Tridentine Mass.