Friday, April 29, 2011

“Call to chivalry” camps and more news from St. Louis de Montfort Academy


Special greeting on this feast of St. Louis de Montfort, our patron.

Several of us from the Academy are celebrating the date here in Lafayette, La., with a Call to Chivalry day-long program.

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Besides the four students (Msts. Roberto, Jesus, Lee, and Reese) who came to Louisiana with Mr. Whitcraft and me, there are another eight or so young men. Of course, Mr. Thomas Drake and Mr. Cesar have been gracious hosts throughout our stay in Louisiana and on today’s feastday.

Earlier in the month, several of us came to Louisiana for a previous visit and Call to Chivalry day. The one day program was held at the Gosset property in Texas. There were approximately a dozen young men, about a dozen parents, and members of the TFP to help run the event. Several presentations, games and a bountiful Texas barbecue filled the day. Our Lady blessed everything abundantly.

Just before the Easter break, several students were able to go on an overnight hike with Messrs. Matthew and Michael Shibler. Despite a few slight showers and overcast weather, the camping trip was quite enjoyable.

On March 28, we had the pleasure of a brief visit to the Academy by our state representative, Mrs. Lynda Culver. She was kind enough to pass by after a local town hall event, answering questions and informing us of her work to protect the family, help education, and incentivize job creation.

At the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, on Palm Sunday after Mass, we had the opportunity to attend a reception for Fr. William Walterscheid, soon to be consecrated auxiliary bishop of Pittsburg. We expressed our joy to serve at the Holy Sacrifice with Father over the last few years and how happy we were for him to be raised to such an honorable position. He promised his prayers and requested ours.

During Passion Week we received the news of the hospitalization of Msgr. Michael Fedorowich, longtime friend of the Academy. Many of you will remember him as Pastor of Transfiguration Parish in Shamokin. He provided the Sacraments almost daily for us from the beginning of the Academy until he retired, 2006. He also allowed us to hold our graduation ceremonies at that church every year.

During his hospitalization and convalescence we visited him almost every day. He was later moved to a nursing home in Sunbury, and on Easter Monday he entered eternity. He was given Last Rites on the afternoon before he died by Fr. Van Vliet, FSSP, whom we thank wholeheartedly.

As the year winds down, we ask you prayers for the upcoming graduation ceremonies and summer activities, including a trip to Europe with campaigns and pilgrimages and several Call to Chivalry Summer Camps.

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