Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The plane arrived only 30 minutes late which was not bad at all. No luggage lost and quickly through passport control and customs. Our friends the Petersons missed a connection but will join us tomorrow.

The weather is great! Rome is full of exciting pilgrims here to see our new Pope Francis. Today we got everyone to our hotels and got settled in before going to Mass at Santa Prassede. This is an ancient church built over an early home church and later a tomb of martyrs.

We had a quick introductory tour of ancient Rome and back to the hotel for our welcome dinner. The second video is part of intro’s by Fr. Pavone, Teresa Tomeo, Janet Morana and Steve Ray (but I didn’t video myself :-)

Tomorrow is a full day starting with the General Audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.

The first video is of our first day, the second video shares some introductory comments and such and soon I will have an audio clip of Fr. Pavone’s first and very powerful homily to start the pilgrimage.

Father Pavone’s Powerful Homily HERE: Pavone 6-11.

Rome Day 1, Part 2: The Day

Rome Day 1, Part 2: Opening Comments During Dinner (and Sean and Emily’s Engagement Blessed)

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Proposal for Marriage in Rome; We’re Delighted

by Steve Ray on June 11, 2013

Sean and Emily in Rome

Sean Regan proposed marriage to our daughter Emily Ray on the Bridge of the Angels “crossing the Tiber River” with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background. 

He surprised Janet and I (though we somewhat expected it and have for several years) a few hours before by taking us aside and asking for our daughter’s hand in marriage. 

They are both 21 years old and will be married next year after they both graduate. They have been best friends since their early years at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor. Sean has already been like a member of the family for five years. 

We couldn’t be happier!