Pilgrimage of Trust to St. Louis

Dear friends, I am writing to invite you on a pilgrimage of trust to St. Louis, Missouri, near Ferguson, Missouri, hosted by the monastic community from Taize, France. Last September, I traveled to the MIT chapel in Boston, MA to hear Brother John and Brother Emile from the Taize community speak about this pilgrimage. After inviting us on the pilgrimage […]

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Eat. Pray. Hike.

In the book Eat, Pray, Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on adventure across Italy, India and Indonesia to find happiness, connection and meaning.  At the very end of the book, as she prepares for the next chapter of her life, Gilbert turns to her new found lover and says, “Attaversiamo,” which means let’s cross over, let’s do this, and they do. Let’s cross over to what comes next. That’s exactly where I find myself as I approach the end of my twenties and prepare to turn thirty in September.  I don’t know how others have felt about turning thirty but I approach it with curiosity and excitement.  I wasn’t a big fan of my twenties.  My twenties, and even my teens, marked for me a time when I was uncomfortable in my own skin.  When I wanted desperately to please other people and tried to stuff myself into the shapes and molds that society created around me.  “Maybe I am supposed to act like this,” I thought to myself. “Or like this,” I would add.  Even after I discerned my call to ministry at the age of 21, it was a long time before I shared freely my experiences of faith and what I believed.  I was afraid that if I did freely express myself, and I did not conform to the right beliefs, I would not be approved in the ministry process.  However, somewhere along my twenties, I realized […]

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Adirondack Winter Hiking – Algonquin and Wright Peaks

On Saturday March 20th, Matthew Nuss, several Hudson Valley Hikers and myself attempted three peaks in the Macintyre Range of the Adirondack Mountains, Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wright.  Matthew Nuss has written the following trip report of our hike. All three mountains of the Macintyre Range are ‘above treeline’, meaning that the summits are totally exposed to the elements.  From the […]

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Long Island Sound Winter Birding

The Connecticut River is the only principal American River without a port at its mouth.  This fact means that the area where the river empties into the Long Island has remained largely wild and it an excellent place for birding. On a bird outing today, I spotted the following birds: Horned Grebe (If you look closely, you can see it has […]

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