Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Update #2 for WYD Madrid: Mr. P.'s Choice for "Teacher of the Month Award" (Aug. 2011)


We are preparing for Papa Benny's arrival.

The most important thing to do now is pray for the Holy Father and the 1.5 million pilgrims.

WYD Madrid responds to the “deep crisis” of the post-modern world.  

Pope Benedict XVI calls this crisis the “dictatorship of relativism”.


Of the 800+ bishops present, there will be 250 bishop-catechists at WYD.  Of these 250, 8 U.S. bishops are serving as bishop-catechists.

1.) Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
2.) Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago
3.) Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston
4.) Archbishop Charles Chaput, newly appointed as archbishop of Philadelphia
5.) Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota, 
6.) Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska
7.) Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York
8.) Bishop Frank Caggiano, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn

I believe both Bishop Murray and Bishop Caggiano are currently involved with the USCCB Committee on the Catechism.

If you consider that there are about 5000+ living Catholic bishops today, this means that close to 1 out of 5 bishops of the Catholic Church are right now shepherding the Lord's youth and young adult flock in Madrid.


Speaking of bishops at WYD, here's a picture of a "baby bishop" in Madrid, the newly ordained/consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose, California.  He's in the middle of this photo below.  His Excellency had just as many people watching his episcopal ordination live on the internet (Livestream) as there were actually people physically present in the small cathedral in San Jose that day!

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas A. Daly with the Christian Brothers at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops World Youth Day Vocations Fair; the Brother on his left is from San Jose.  Photo credit: San Jose Vocations.

And.....he's a (former) SF Catholic school administrator with a really cool Marian symbol on his coat of arms.  (Interestingly, less than 2% of 40,000 or so priests in the U.S. serve full time in our schools.)  What's also cool on Mr. P.'s cool meter was that when he told his Mom (living in San Francisco) that Papa Benny wanted him in San Jose, she very innocently said something like, "I'm not sure that's a good idea, son.  They need you more here in San Francisco." LOL!  Gotta love Mama Daly!

So without further ado, my dear class, I am pleased to announce... 

With his background in Catholic education, and so as to encourage our priests to teach in the classroom, and for having a really cool Coat of Arms which included Our Lady, the new baby-bishop who labored in the Bay Mountain for most of his priesthood is this month's choice for Mr. P.'s Classroom Blog "Teacher of the Month Award".  Congrats to our most excellent Excellency, and ad multos annos for your episcopal ministry in the Valley of St. Joseph's in St. Claire's County!

With all those Successors of the Apostles at World Youth Day in Madrid, that just keeps the Church's ancient message ever young.

Now that's just too awesome!

I hope to post more updates as they become available here.


Of the 20 films and documentaries offered to the pilgrims, three documentaries are:

1.) Cristiada [on persecution of Christians in Mexico during 1920’s] 

2.) There Be Dragons (Mr. P.’s Grade Rating: A/A+) [Thriller on Spanish Civil War with Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei]

3.) Of Gods and Men [international award-willing story of monks in Algeria facing terrorism]

USCCB called There Be Dragons a "healthy antidote" to sensationalized movies like Dan's Brown's The Da Vinci Code.  I haven’t seen the other two yet so can’t rate them.


For the first time, World Youth Day will have its own radio and television channel.  You can also follow here on the web: and


Check out my friends’ blogs on WYD here and here.


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