...its dads. It's true! While we don't fete them like our moms, Steds dads are loved too. Once again, the annual, non-sanctioned "St. Ed's Dads Weekend" was held during Blue Gold Weekend. This year's weekend was marked with increased attendance but with the same schedule of very casual, low-structured events... just what dads like and want. Unfortunately, due stadium construction and restricted attendance at the Blue Gold Game, Steds dads and sons watched the ND vs. NC mens baseball game. On the weekend, Steds dad, Mike McGee said, "We cheered on the Biggio boys at a baseball game, we listened and applauded for Mike Fortuna as he and his band competed at Legends in "Battle of the Bands", and we participated in the Basilica Mass and watched as John Clark was confirmed. As usual, there are always St. Ed's men doing some significant activity on campus." Indeed, Mike... indeed, they are!
...in China. Yes, Jake Wittenberg, Sted's junior, is back in China this summer, and this time, he's brought another Stedsman along with him, Joe Grady. Even though the two men from St. Ed's are working for Notre Dame graduate in China, Wittenberg and Grady have had plenty of time to experience the sights, smells, and curiosities that are China. When told that Wittenberg was in China again, an unnamed Stedsman on campus for the summer said, "Oh, Mao... it's his second time in as many years! Just saying..."
The Sted's AR, AJ, with the two new NBA players on Graduation Day
...TWO members of the ND Men's Basketball team were picked at the NBA draft this past week. One of those chosen was none other than Patrick Connaughton, former Stedsman and small forward for the ND squad. Connaughton will be headed to the Trailblazers in Portland while his teammate, Jerion Grant, will be going to the Big Apple, joining the Knicks. When asked about his thoughts on Connaughton going to the NBA, Fr. Ralph said,"Congratulations to Patrick. What an accomplishment for such a young man. Makes me wish I kept up my croquet game."
...from Notre Dame. Here's a view of Mary and the Main Building, but do you know where this picture was taken? Moreover, do you know this place's name? My kingdom to the one who does! Enjoy your Sunday wherever you may be!
The St. Ed's Chapel renovation continues, and thanks to the restoration artist at the Conrad Schmitt Studio in Milwaukee, here's a sneak peek at the restored St. Ed's Tabernacle. What was done? I have been told that the Tabernacle was revarnished as well as repainted. Now, this paint was not your ordinary gold paint because this paint actually contained bits of gold in it. WOW! As the renovation continues, the gold paint in the high altar will also be repainted. WOW again! More to come...
... has moved on. Yes, our beloved Hall rancher, shepherd, and wisdom figure has left the Hall. Actually, he graduated this spring and will be attending medical school this coming fall. While we are happy for Larry, he will be sorely missed from his Stetson "embodiment of the West" look to his Martin Van Buren facial hair. On his graduation, Rancher Larry, Neil "Larry" Sielski, said, "Today, we celebrated the blood, sweat, and tears of the graduating Class of 2015. With bittersweet sorrow we claim our diplomas, pack up our coops, and start heading our livestock down another avenue in life. As we say at the ranch, there's always room at the hearth for an old friend... or for another coop." Rancher Larry and Fr. Ralph on Graduation Day...