It might not have been my first choice of where to spend New Year’s, but Chicago was home for the first days of the New Year.  This year, Fr. Steve dos Santos, Srs Patti Kramer, C.PP.S.,  Karen Elliot, C.PP.S.,  Therese Wetta, ASC, and myself were on hand to spend the week with college students at this year’s FOCCUS Student Leadership Summit (SLS).  Although it was too cold to be outside, the spirit was warm and welcoming within McCormick Convention Center.  Around 6,000 students, alumni, benefactors and other leaders were on hand for liturgies, various talks and training sessions.  Several women and men religious were represented.  We invited students to stop at the booth and to write a prayer request and place in daily calendar which will be in one of the sister’s houses and those prayers remembered daily.  We also had a drawing for a FitBit, “Stepping it up for Jesus.”  We had a great response to both.  Each student that stopped by, also received a Precious Blood chaplet.  May we continue to share our story as well as our devotion so that more may come to know us.
Fr. Timothy