I attended the Ignited by Truth Conference this past weekend at the new venue, the Raleigh Convention Center. In previous years, it was held at Cardinal Gibbons High School. One of the first people I greeted was Bishop Burbidge who was standing by the Raleigh Diocese Office of Vocations table. It was awesome to express my filial affection and also to say hello to Fr. Ned Schlesinger and Brad Watkins of the Office of Vocations. And what joy to see our seminarians there in their sage green polo shirts with the diocesan logo.
To top off the weekend, a couple of the seminarians served at our Sunday Masses including the traditional Mass. There is nothing more invigorating than to see them in their cassocks and beautiful surplices (with lace, uh, huh!). I look forward to seeing them at the upcoming Chrism Mass and, Lord willing, the Bishop will send one or two of them to our parish for Easter Vigil.