Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Luke 4:18

Michael and I took a trip down to Madison, Wisc. this past week and stopped in to see his uncle who is a priest there. We regularly stop in to say hi and we always go out for lunch or just a coffee break with him. He always appreciates it since his time is taken up for the most part by people that need him so we try to make it a visit where he can "need" us or just a break from "needy" people (did I say that correctly???). Anyway Fr. Ken Fiedler is considered by many in the diocese to be quite a radical priest along with a very holy man of God. For instance he believes that priests should be able to marry even though he doesn't think it will happen in his lifetime (he's in his 60s). Needless to say we have some very interesting conversations with him. One of his most passionate beliefs is that as Christians God calls us to care for the needs of the poor. When the Catholic diocese of Madison got together awhile back the bishop wanted to close a multicultural center that served the poor in a very impoverished neighborhood of Madison. The building was no longer being used due to money problems, etc. Fr. Ken wanted to resurrect it and basically bring it back into a functional mode. The bishop was against it but told Fr. Ken that if he could produce the money and resources necessary they would consider restoring it. Fr. Ken loves a challenge and immediately got on the bandwagon and raised the money and the resources to make the building functional again. It is now a thriving center serving meals 7 days a week along with other activities and services that serve the poor and needy in the area. We attended the open house and were so pleased with his efforts and the efforts of volunteers seeing a need and bringing it forth with God's love. Way to go Fr Ken!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Go Pioneers!!

Went down to SW Wisconsin to UW-Platteville. Michael is on the alumni board there and had signed up to work a table for homecoming.

Parade in the morning (pic is of his high school band)
and lots of visiting friends and classmates. He keeps up with one friend who lives near Chicago that we hung with for the day. It was good to see the fun he had with Ed visiting the radio and TV station that they worked in college. Beautiful weekend for all. I told people at the sign-up table to put the year they graduated since it's hard to know whos who after 30+ years. He did run into a classmate that worked the radio station with him and Ed so that was really nice.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Only For Diehard Bikers!

Took a couple biking trips this past month. One was to Platteville, Wisconsin. They had an alumni bike trip for present and past students. Wonderful time for about 30 of us. Planned was a 15 and 30 mile trip ending with a park picnic with all the fixings. This year they gave out door prizes from local businesses that sponsored the ride. We made some new friends and saw returning ones (our 2nd year attending). The only downer was my camera battery was dead so no pictures. Btw, Michael and I made it 12 miles total considering riding up and down on two-lane highways. Ugh!
On an upnote this weekend we were invited Sunday to bike at the Baker Lake Regional Park Reserve with our main biker friends from church. Had a great time even though it was fairly crisp outside. If you enjoy biking they have wonderful trails, a water park, horse facility for hayrides, gardens and some wildlife sactuary areas. If I was a bird I would definitely want to live there. AND i took a couple picks! Enjoy.