Monday, September 8, 2008
Where was I?
The Mulier Fortis has tagged me for one of those meme things - a "where were you" when some famous events happened. So, in order:
1. President Kennedy's assassination, 22 November, 1963
I was suckling at my Mother's breast.
2. England's World Cup Semi-Final v Germany, 4 July, 1990
In the Capuchin House of Studies in Canterbury, Kent.
3. Margaret Thatcher's resignation, 22 November, 1990
Ditto the above - actually that morning at the seminary - the Franciscan Study Centre.
4. Princess Diana's death, 31 August, 1997
I was just getting ready to celebrate the Sunday Mass at Our Lady of the Angels in Erith, Kent. I heard it on the radio and announced it to the people - it was a sombre Mass.
5. Attack on the Twin Towers, 11 September, 2001
I was at a rather dreary meeting in the rectory of St. Augustine's Church in Montpelier, Vermont. My Mother actually called from England to ask me what I thought! We had not heard or seen any news. We abandoned the meeting and stayed glued in horror to the television for hours.
6. Election of Pope Benedict, 19 April, 2005
This one is special! I was one of the five MC's getting things set up for the Ordination of our new Bishop, Salvatore Matano, in St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral in Burlington. Some 40+ Bishops were making their way back from lunch, about an hour or so before the Mass. Someone came running into the Cathedral where we were arranging things and said, "there's white smoke!" We went rushing into the house and turned on the tv. I was joined by about 14 bishops from different parts of the USA - I was overjoyed - they were not! Priceless! Bishop Matano became the first Bishop in the world ordained in the papacy of Pope Benedict.