Saturday, September 8, 2018

Our Group Arrives in Amman Jordan

by Steve Ray on September 8, 2018

Happy to say that everyone arrived safely and in good order. Only one glitch with a few folks from Florida (Fr. Gavin and Janine among them) who got diverted but they arrived at 2 AM.

The Queen Alia International Airport in Amman Jordan is an amazingly beautiful modern airport.  Jordan is one of the safest, cleanest and developed countries in the Middle East. Our Le Grand Hotel is clean and elegant — one of the nicest in Amman (only the best for our groups.

We always love arriving here to meet our friends and our goddaughter Leah (we baptized her in the Jordan River when she was a baby 17 years ago) and to lead pilgrims through this amazing historic and biblical land.

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web3-catholic-priest-roman-collar-public-bus-station-people-talking-shutterstock STEVE’S NOTE: Because these are such tough times for faithful priests, I make a point of stopping any priest anywhere to THANK THEM FOR BEING A PRIEST!

“So it might not be surprising that priests showing up in public, even if they are innocent of such charges, would be taking some heat. One priest, Fr. Michael Sliney, wrote on his Facebook page August 21, a week after the Pennsylvania grand jury issued that report, “Putting on my collar … especially now. Its presence on the street … is raising eyebrows.”

Another priest, Fr. Basil Hutsko, didn’t even have to go outside: a man came into the sacristy and began beating him up, saying “This is for all the kids,” The attack sent the Merrillville, Illinois, priest to hospital.

priest-collar1It’s understandable that some clergymen might be reluctant to appear in public wearing clerical garb.

That was the thought in Fr. Jonathan Slavinskas’s mind one day when he was heading out in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“This week I have been walking around with a heavy heart. I have been completely angry and frustrated as a result of the Pennsylvania abuse reports and the [Archbishop Theodore] McCarrick situation. My continual prayer has been for the victims. As each news story continues, my heart is torn more apart.”

He pondered what his Roman collar, that distinctive white band that Catholic priests wear around their necks, would now represent to the world.

“As I walked around, I wonder how many people who glance at my collar will wonder, ‘Is this one too?’”

For the whole article, click here.

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