Spent the weekend in Baton Rouge as I did the keynote at the Diocese of Baton Rouge's conference. A great time despite some technical snafus during my presentation. It worked out though. Thanks to Charles Jumonville and his wife Wendy for their wonderful hospitality and their son Ben as well.
Fr. Michael Aiello invited me to hear him reach and we also got burgers and shakes at a roadside shack. The shake was the best I had in awhile. Catherine Mifsud from USF also was i town and joined us. Fr. Michael was also on the catholic TV station the next day and did a great job.
Baton Rouge was also seriously effected obviously by Katrina. Charles was telling me that he was out of his home for 55 weeks. I can't imagine what that would be like. Even more amazing is that his home looks fabulous now! How they rebuilt so fast is just a testament to their resolve as a community and in Charles' case, a family. Lots damage was caused by trees falling on houses as opposed to the water damage, but nonetheless, it had to be a harrowing experience.
If you've never been to the area--you should take a gander. A nice spot.
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