largeThis site has been in exis­tence near­ly a year and I have nev­er writ­ten an ‘about’ intro­duc­tion for it. Well, the page will con­tin­ue to be live for some time-with some changes and additions.…so here, at last, is my ‘about’ page.

In 2010, I began attend­ing church at my reg­is­tered parish, St Vin­cent Fer­rer, after quite a long absence.  There I encoun­tered Father Michael Kyte O.P. who was sim­ply an extra­or­di­nary man and a holy priest. I got to know Father Michael well as he fought his bat­tle with can­cer. It was an inspir­ing and hum­bling expe­ri­ence to be present to him on his can­cer jour­ney. After Father Michael’s death, the parish began pub­lish­ing folks’ anec­dotes and per­son­al sto­ries of Father Michael in the bul­letin. I par­tic­i­pat­ed, but after­ward felt that I could have said so much more. I felt also that my fel­low parish­ioners might wel­come a chance to be a lit­tle more expan­sive with their sto­ries.

So the pur­pose of this blog was to share what I knew of Father Michael. I trust­ed that oth­ers who loved him would con­tribute more sto­ries and com­ments, that we might even have dis­cus­sions. And I am still hope­ful about that -as telling true expe­ri­ences is one way we can keep a real sense of the kind of priest Father Michael was. If one real­ly knew Father Michael, one could not just ‘let him go’.

I knew Father Michael for approx­i­mate­ly two years. My expe­ri­ences are very lim­it­ed com­pared to many oth­ers’. I still have addi­tion­al sto­ries that I can relay on this blog. But now I also have some reflec­tions, mus­ings, if you will, that I would like to write about. Most of these are faith or church-cen­tered or have devel­oped out of some con­tem­pla­tion. Noth­ing pro­found. Some have ten­u­ous Father Michael con­nec­tions, but there are some direct­ly tied to him. Father’s great influ­ence on me is a giv­en.

So I am going to start writ­ing about some of these things, tag­ging and cat­e­go­riz­ing them as ‘mus­ings’. I will still con­tin­ue with the Father Michael sto­ries — which will be cat­e­go­rized ‘Father Michael’.

If you have been ‘on the fence’, hes­i­tat­ing about ques­tion­ing or con­tribut­ing to this blog, please con­tact me. I will respect your con­tri­bu­tion and your pri­va­cy. But it IS imper­a­tive that we con­tin­ue to share Father Michael as we knew him. His lega­cy as a per­son and priest is so much more than his name on a parish hall!

~~~~~~~ 4/13/2015

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