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I’m in Maryville, Missouri today, just 18 miles from the Abbey on pastoral assignment.  While our Fr. Martin is on vacation and celebrating his 40th anniversary of priesthood in Alaska with some parishioners of St. Gregory Barbarigo parish, I am covering the wedding of Colby and Taylor Wiederholt.  This is my first wedding to officiate as a priest, so I am looking forward to it.

This morning I competed in my second triathlon for the summer.  Convenient for me, it was in Maryville, starting at the Aquatic Center at 7:30am this morning.  There were close to 50 participants and I ended up placing 1st overall, with a time of 47:31, a personal best.  It is a 400 meter pool swim, a 10 kilometer bike, and 5 kilometer run.

Below:  Preparing for the swim.

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After the race, I was able to rest up a bit before the wedding.  I spent the summer of 2012 as deacon at St. Gregory’s parish and really enjoyed the experience.  It is great to be back and to be able to do some ministry.  Please pray for the newly weds!

Below:  Inside of St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish (Maryville, MO)

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