DaTechGuy on the WQPH EWTN pilgrimage to Alabama Part 4

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DaTechGuy on the WQPH EWTN pilgrimage to Alabama Part 4

I know this post is very VERY late but a lot has been going on and given my CPAC 2017 trip is in 10 days it’s a good pre­view of the type of inter­views etc you might see.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_95025” align=“alignleft” width=“150”] St Bernard’s Abby[/caption]

The next day we were up very VERY early as a new batch of pil­grims were due at St. Bernard’s monastery so we departed right after break­fast and said our good­byes to the monks. Our old bus dri­ver was doing good as we headed back to Cas­tle Miguel and Mother Angelica’s monastery.

As before I spent a major­ity of my time hold­ing reli­gious items, rosaries, medals etc, to Mother Angelica’s tomb and pray­ing a hail mary. These would be given away to peo­ple by WQPH once we got back up north. While oth­ers took free time to visit other loca­tions at the site.

Around noon­time we were back on the bus for a spe­cial lunch, we were off to Stone­bridge Farms which while pri­mar­ily a wed­ding venue opens it’s restau­rant which offers a gigan­tic buf­fet of south­ern food one day a week.

I inter­viewed one of the fam­ily mem­bers who work there

We spent quite a while there, with a party as large as ours it took some time. I took advan­tage of it set­ting up my lap­top in a cor­ner to charge my lap­top and try to upload some of the stuff I shot while we were eating.

When we got back to Mother Angelica’s monastery we had more free time in the area, here is a quick overview of the area

[cap­tion id=“attachment_95026” align=“alignright” width=“150”] the doors of the cloister[/caption]One of the things we got a glimpse of were the vis­i­tor rooms where the clois­tered nuns on very rare occa­sions will receive vis­i­tors. basi­cally there is a metal grille and seats on oppo­site sides one on the nuns side and one on the pub­lic side where peo­ple can see each other and speak.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_95027” align=“alignleft” width=“150”] Ceil­ing of the Priest’s retreat chapel[/caption]One of the things that was really impres­sive to me was the Priest’s retreat build­ing. Nor­mally a group like our­selves would not have access but our two priests were stay­ing there and it was decided that we would have our daily mass in the chapel of the retreat build­ing around 5 pm.

Our guide Micha who had led us through the Eucharis­tic Cen­ter talked about what he described as a “man cave for reli­gious” a state­ment that was highly accurate

To say the altar was impres­sive is the under­state­ment of the year

[cap­tion id=“attachment_95028” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”] Priest’s retreat chapel[/caption]

It was quite a place for a mass and to par­tic­i­pate as the con­gre­ga­tion for a mass in that loca­tion was for me one of the high­lights of the trip. When the mass was over we headed back to the main recep­tion area at Casa Miguel where we were cel­e­brat­ing the birth­day of our lady. (Because I needed to use the facil­i­ties I actu­ally missed the bus and had to leg it back) there was a rosary made of cup­cakes and a cake and we gath­ered together before a planned evening procession.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_95032” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Grotto at night[/caption]The pro­ces­sion itself was to a grotto and prayer area behind the Eucharis­tic cen­ter. It became very much a can­dle­light pro­ces­sion as we didn’t get to it till after dark. This com­pli­cated things a bit as we had a lot of elderly peo­ple and the path was a bit hard for them at the end of a day. How­ever we said our prayers and prayed our Rosary with Gusto

That ended the day, there had been alter­na­tive lodg­ing for us who had been stay­ing at St. Benedict’s abbey. I and a fel­low mem­ber of my Knight’s of Colum­bus coun­cil ended up [cap­tion id=“attachment_95033” align=“alignleft” width=“150”] One of the guest cabins[/caption] in the fur­nished base­ment of one of the guest cab­ins that one of the other pil­grims had rented right down the street from Casa Miguel. It is a very con­ve­nient place for pil­grims and one of the only times on such a trip that I didn’t sleep in a con­se­crated place. But Jeff was an inter­est­ing and excel­lent room­mate and while I knew of him from coun­cil meet­ings we had a chance to talk and occa­sion­ally saw each other at daily mass we had the chance to actu­ally get to chat before hit­ting the sack for our final half day before fly­ing out.

I know this post is very VERY late but a lot has been going on and given my CPAC 2017 trip is in 10 days it’s a good preview of the type of interviews etc you might see.

St Bernard’s Abby

The next day we were up very VERY early as a new batch of pilgrims were due at St. Bernard’s monastery so we departed right after breakfast and said our goodbyes to the monks.  Our old bus driver was doing good as we headed back to Castle Miguel and Mother Angelica’s monastery.

As before I spent a majority of my time holding religious items, rosaries, medals etc, to Mother Angelica’s tomb and praying a hail mary. These would be given away to people by WQPH once we got back up north. While others took free time to visit other locations at the site.

Around noontime we were back on the bus for a special lunch, we were off to Stonebridge Farms which while primarily a wedding venue opens it’s restaurant which offers a gigantic buffet of southern food one day a week.

I interviewed one of the family members who work there

We spent quite a while there, with a party as large as ours it took some time. I took advantage of it setting up my laptop in a corner to charge my laptop and try to upload some of the stuff I shot while we were eating.

When we got back to Mother Angelica’s monastery we had more free time in the area, here is a quick overview of the area

the doors of the cloister
One of the things we got a glimpse of were the visitor rooms where the cloistered nuns on very rare occasions will receive visitors. basically there is a metal grille and seats on opposite sides one on the nuns side and one on the public side where people can see each other and speak.

Ceiling of the Priest’s retreat chapel
One of the things that was really impressive to me was the Priest’s retreat building. Normally a group like ourselves would not have access but our two priests were staying there and it was decided that we would have our daily mass in the chapel of the retreat building around 5 pm.

Our guide Micha who had led us through the Eucharistic Center talked about what he described as a “man cave for religious” a statement that was highly accurate

To say the altar was impressive is the understatement of the year

Priest’s retreat chapel

It was quite a place for a mass and to participate as the congregation for a mass in that location was

Rosary cupcakes
for me one of the highlights of the trip. When the mass was over we headed back to the main reception area at Casa Miguel where we were celebrating the birthday of our lady. (Because I needed to use the facilities I actually missed the bus and had to leg it back) there was a rosary made of cupcakes and a cake and we gathered together before a planned evening procession.

Grotto at night
The procession itself was to a grotto and prayer area behind the Eucharistic center. It became very much a candlelight procession as we didn’t get to it till after dark. This complicated things a bit as we had a lot of elderly people and the path was a bit hard for them at the end of a day. However we said our prayers and prayed our Rosary with Gusto

That ended the day, there had been alternative lodging for us who had been staying at St. Benedict’s abbey. I and a fellow member of my Knight’s of Columbus council ended up

One of the guest cabins
in the furnished basement of one of the guest cabins that one of the other pilgrims had rented right down the street from Casa Miguel. It is a very convenient place for pilgrims and one of the only times on such a trip that I didn’t sleep in a consecrated place. But Jeff was an interesting and excellent roommate and while I knew of him from council meetings we had a chance to talk and occasionally saw each other at daily mass we had the chance to actually get to chat before hitting the sack for our final half day before flying out.