'At the end of Mass, we invited everyone present to join us outside for the crowning of the Virgin. It was a beautiful day.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
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Last Thursday (5/5) was Cinco de Mayo, which in many places is an important day of festival because it marks the Mexican celebration of a victory in a battle against the French in the 1800s. But this year Cinco de Mayo was also the Feast of the Ascension, and I celebrated Mass for the Hispanic community at the Cathedral the Holy Cross.
Ave Maria commencement
I was invited to give the commencement address at Ave Maria University in Florida last Saturday (5/8). This is the largest graduating class they have ever had, I believe it was about 300, and the university continues to grow.
Ave Maria University was the brainchild of Tom Monaghan, an orphan raised in a Catholic orphanage by sisters, who became a millionaire through his many business ventures, including Domino's Pizza. He has used his considerable fortune to support evangelization in the Church: He created the Catholic college in Nicaragua, built the cathedral in Managua following the earthquake there, and he has been involved in many acts of mercy and evangelization throughout our own country. Another of his very important works was the founding of Legatus, the organization for Catholic business leaders.
Mass for Ecuador earthquake victims