Father Edmund, pastor of Saint Agnes on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and two parishioners, Norma and Mike Tibbitts, stopped in Naperville the weekend of June 8-9 after spending some time in Milwaukee at Marquette University. Fr. Edmund was attending a conference and Norma and Mike searched the archives at Marquette for vintage pictures of the reservation.
Fr. Edmund concelebrated the 4:30 Mass on Saturday. After Mass, there was a gathering in the Lighthouse where our visitors and members of the St. Thomas Lakota Ministry shared a meal and conversation.
Fr. Edmund brought the group up to date about events at St. Agnes. His assignment has changed a little and he now is pastor at only two parishes (St. Agnes and Christ the King) instead of three. He feels this will give him more time to concentrate on St. Agnes. He is very happy about that!
He also told us that the diocesan phase of the cause for canonization of Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk would conclude with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Gruss at St. Agnes in the middle of June. That Mass has occurred and the cause has now moved to the Vatican.
Our visitors left on Sunday and even though it was a short visit, it was good to see them, share conversation, and renew friendships.