Monday, May 01, 2006

TOBIA Conferencing

Our trip to the TOBIA conference in Chicago was quite sucessful and very refreshing. After driving through the night on Thursday, we arrived about a half an hour before the conference to set up our booth and speak with the organizer of the conference, Anastasia. Throughout the day, many people stopped to talk and discuss our mission. All of the feedback was well founded, explained and quite useful. Because we were able to split up during lunch we were able to talk to a diverse group of people over the course of the weekend.

That evening we stayed to speak with some people who had stayed in the vendors' room a little longer and then headed to Blue Island to sleep for the night. A big thank you to Patrick for keeping me awake by singing and hitting me with a palm branch repeatedly.

As Saturday rolled around we make the trek back to Mundeleine to the University of St. Mary of the Lake and were able to get some school-work done while the participants listened to more talks. Praise God for wireless internet and multi-taking abilities! With a crowd double the size from the day before, we spoke with many, many more people who gave some amazing feedback and encouragement. The excitement in the eyes of those who came to talk with us was enough to keep us going through the night as we drove back home to DC.

Hopefully we will continue to be invited to the Windy City to participate in the great pro-life activities they always seem to have going on there.

1 comment:

Ancient Clown said...

I AM, here and now, for a reason. Please open your heart and walk through 'Ancient's History'.
please understand I don't think I know..I just know I'm thinking.
Just because I say it doesn't mean it's true and just because you don't believe it doesn't mean it's not.
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

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.