Two athletes from Diocese of Superior parishes are headed to the Tokyo Olympics later this month. Both happen to be first-time Olympians, up-and-coming track stars and coincidentally, in this year Pope Francis has dedicated for renewed to St. Joseph, their hometown parishes in Rice Lake and Amery are both under St. Joseph’s patronage.
Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of helping out with the Diocese of Superior’s Extreme Faith Camp. Extreme Faith Camp is a weeklong summer camp full of fun and fellowship, as middle school-aged campers and their high school leaders grow deeper together in their relationship with Christ.
In early June, six dear friends had the great and unique privilege of sharing a walking pilgrimage from Our Lady of Good Help in Champion to The National Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill outside of Milwaukee.
Corralling my daughters as Mass ended, I routinely sang the recessional’s lyrics, yet they touched a poignant place inside. In high school I often attended the 7 a.m. daily Mass with my dad, and “Faith of our Fathers” was a popular hymn among the “old-timers” crowd.