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Our meeting with Bishop Thomas Flanagan

May 11, 2007

I just got back from a two-day trip to San Antonio with my seventh grade class. It was a wonderful and very Catholic experience. We arrived Wednesday around noon and went straight to the San Fernando Cathedral for a bilingual Mass. This was a real treat not only because the cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, but also because half of my class is from Mexico and another student is from El Salvador. So the English/Spanish Mass was a touching reminder of our multi-cultural and catholic reality within the Church.

After Mass we went immediately to the Archdiocesan Chancery for a private meeting with Bishop Thomas Flanagan. He spent about 40 minutes with us in his office, telling us stories of his seminary days in Ireland and of his 50+ years as a Catholic priest. Bishop Flanagan is a very charming, very genuine man who wears his faith proudly. He sent us off with an apostolic blessing and, this morning, sent me a very nice email thanking us for visiting him.

Here’s a photo with the Bishop, our students, some faculty from our school, a parent and me:

We spent the rest of the day on the Riverwalk. On Thursday, we visited three Catholic missions: Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo), Mission San José and Mission Concepción.

Overall, it was a very moving and spiritually invigorating trip.

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