The Journey Begins

Tomorrow, very early, I will begin my trip to Rome to again provide feedback to the readers of this website on the Synod of Bishops meeting from October 4 through October 24.  I will be in Rome until October 21.  I am very grateful for the opportunity that was provided by Concerned Catholics of Montana who are sponsoring this trip.  I will be blogging daily (hopefully!) on my impressions.  I will also be writing as a free lance reporter for the Missoulian.  You can check out the weekly articles I will be writing, published in the Saturday religion section, at  The first article will be published this Saturday, October 3.    I will be applying to the Vatican press office for accreditation as a free lance journalist.  If I am granted accreditation by them….and the Missoulian has been very gracious in providing me documentation that I am indeed writing for them…I will be able to gain admission to the daily news conferences.  This will give me good, up-to-the-minute information on Synod activities.  I also plan on just hanging out in “Vatican Square” and talking to English speaking lay folk on what their thoughts are about the Synod or even if they are aware of it!  I am planning on attending the vigil for the Synod on Saturday evening, October 3 and the opening Mass that Pope Francis will be celebrating for the opening of the Synod this coming Sunday October 4.  The Mass should prove to be interesting if his homily is based on the Gospel reading of the day, Mark’s account of the Pharisee asking Jesus if it is lawful to divorce his wife.  My Italian is getting good enough that I should be able to follow what the pope has to say in relation to this Gospel should he choose to do so!!  So stay tuned…..and I will ask you to do what Pope Francis always ask people to do….pray for me.  And Pope Francis also needs those prayers in the upcoming weeks as he tries to stir the “Barque of Peter” out into the deep!!

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4 Responses to The Journey Begins

  1. Kenny says:

    Hi, God be with you on your trip to Rome. I’ve been reading yours for awhile. First time I am corresponding with you. All others in your group have failed to respond to any of my queries or messages. Wow, I thought some group of Catholic Christians in Montana.
    The last story I heard from about Montana, was town where anyone became ill and needed extensive medical treatment, they would band funds together to pay for that individual. It was years before, but this is memorable for me. I have a kindness towards Montana, will tell you more about that later.

    Going to Rome, a special place for the spirit within us. Try to visit the Colleseum on a spiritual journey not a touristic one. We have visited and prayed for so many souls who have perished there. They need our prayers there. Our prayers to them is our unconditional love, we do not know them, but we reach them with prayers and hopefully they will see Light of Jesus Christ and find their place.

    God Bless,

    • Reyanna Rice says:

      Thanks for your response. I was in Rome last year and walked around the Coliseum but did not go inside. The tourist traffic was quite heavy that day.

      • Kenny says:

        Hi again, Thanks for you reply.

        It was just a good thought to pass on to you. “Et Cum Spirito”. My father was an alter-boy, learned the mass in Latin and said this to us kids growing up.
        Both of my parents were lecturers and then Eucharistic ministers when that program began. I also became one in college at the ministry on campus. Wonderful priest there, I was amazingly able to find him again this year, Gracious Dios! He had to retire earlier from Pastor of his church due to illness. I am happy we came back in connection.

        God Bless in your travels there in Rome. Its a special spiritual place for us.

  2. Tim Cronley says:

    Dear Reyanna,

    Bon Voyage! and God-Speed!

    I will be looking forward to your postings from Rome. However, my expectations at this point for substantive change to occur as a result of this Synod are low. From the pre-Synod rumblings in recent weeks, it would appear that the all-male Hierarchy is of a mind to continue to ‘talk the talk’ while refusing to ‘walk the walk’ into the doctrinal mind field of social and sexual issues that contemporary Catholics are forced to navigate on a daily basis in order to remain ‘faithful’; and at the same time continue to keep faith with their own conscience. It’s a tough slog.

    “Constantly holding something in your heart against a person is a disease. Let it go – and let God decide.” – Anonymous

    I’m doing my best to keep bad thoughts out of my heart concerning the leadership core of the Catholic Church – but this also is a tough slog.

    Tim Cronley

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