It was a heck of a thrill to receive an email from a professional acquaintance on Sunday evening and read the article to which he offered a link. I was in the middle of a 90-minute shuttle ride from Minneapolis to my home in rural Stearns County, MN, the last leg of my journey home from a trip to Texas to attend the University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC).
The main reason for my presence at the conference was to represent Liturgical Press (my employer) at our exhibition booth, where I offered a selection of our awesome books of spirituality, theology, scripture, and more for sale to attendees. But while I was there, I also offered a talk on the topic of “Pope Francis: Apostle of Catholic Social Teaching.” Many more people than I ever expected showed up for the talk, expressing great interest in the topic. People are clearly very excited about Pope Francis and want to explore and understand what he’s up to.
One of those in the room apparently was Cathy Harasta, a reporter for The Texas Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Dallas. Ms. Harasta wrote up a very gracious article about my presentation. I’m flattered and tickled by her kind and enthusiastic description of what she heard, so I can’t help but point it out here. You’ll find that article here.
My thanks to Cathy Harasta for the article and to everyone who attended the talk. Thanks, too, to everyone who stopped by the Liturgical Press booth to browse or to buy a book or two. Finally, thanks also to the UDMC organizers, who put together a wonderful 3-day event for everyone.