Friday, May 12, 2006

Intro for Patrick Joseph Matthew Yungwirth

Unlike almost everyone else who has posted their bio so far (including Joel and Leslee after me, and excluding Jess since she reverted), I am not a convert to Catholicism. I was raised Catholic, went to a Catholic youth group in middle school, a LifeTeen group in high school (which I can proudly say does not go up around the altar at the consecration anymore and does not use the weird farewell at the conclusion of Mass). But, unlike Leslee, I didn't go to Catholic college. After spending 12 years in the Catholic education system, I decided to break away and go secular, at least as far as schooling is concerned. I ended up at the University of Maryland, where I will graduate from on May 22, 2006!

My freshman year of college found me coming to the fullness of the Truth and loving it. By the second semester, I was attending daily Mass twice or thrice a week, and I was trying to go to Confession once a month. Furthermore, I was slowing opening up to really loving the Catholic faith.

By sophomore year, my girlfriend from high school and freshman year of college was also coming to UMD and she was actually converting to Catholicism, not due to me though (see Lacy Meredith Francis Howard's bio below). It was at this point that we saw GAP for the first time and decided that we couldn't stand for that. A month later we were broken up, but she remained in RCIA, and we both grew in holiness singularly.

During my sophomore year, I started to go to daily Mass 5 to 6 days a week (plus Sunday Mass of course), and it was here that my devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament was fostered. I studied more and more about the faith and came to realize, just as did Cardinal John Henry Newman, that to love history is to find your way back to Rome. I soaked up pro-life stuff and Catholic stuff, and here I am now.

I am the walk leader this year after having walked from Maine to DC once and after having led a walk from Maine to DC the following year. Some might say that I am an expert in this route by now, but I'd just like to say that if it weren't for a whole lot of grace last year, then we wouldn't have made it. Luckily, I've got a whole bunch of experts coming with this year so all I need to do is make sure that we get from A to B each year.

Blessed Jordan of Saxony...pray for us.


Vicki :o) said...

hahaha nice picture lol

There aren't too many pictures from this summer of you passed out sleeping, since usually you were driving us, leading us, and then up all night taking care of matters. So this is a rare one indeed!

Jessica Newman said...

YAY Blessed Jordan of Saxony ... we're bringing a car that is NOT automatic. Therefore, he will save us!

Who we are?

Every summer we, the Missionaries of the Eucharist, are walking from Lewiston, Maine to Washington, DC to proclaim the beauty of the Catholic faith to everyone we meet, specifically through the Theology of the Body.

Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.

We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.