The Glenmary Mission Bell was ringing this morning. Fr. Steve Pawelk left Glenmary Headquarters and headed out to the new missions in Grainger and Union County, Tennessee. He will be joined there by Br. Craig Digmann who has been in the missions in Mississippi and Br. Joe Steen who has been part of the formation team in St Meinrad, Indiana. The three will officially open the new mission and start celebrating the sacraments on a regular basis in these counties for the first time ever.
Last night we had a special community prayer service and this morning was Fr. Steve's send off. The ringing of the Glenmary Mission Bell at our Headquarters in Cincinnati is our traditional way to send men off to the missions. I hope to post more updates on this blog from them and of the life in the new missions.