Hey Men, Mark Your Calendars!

Two great opportunities for men in the Diocese of Gaylord this March!

2014 Catholic Men's Conference "Crossing the Goal"
Saturday, March 1st at St. Francis in Traverse City, Michigan
This year's Men's Conference, Crossing the Goal, will be headlined by Coach Danny Abramowicz and FOUCS Founder Curtis Martin. For more information and to register go to www.absolutecatholic.com.

3rd Annual Men's Retreat
Saturday, March 22nd at St. Mary of the Assumption in Lake Leelanau, Michigan
Calling all men of the Leelanau Peninsula! St. Mary of the Assumption, Lake Leelanau will host the 3rd Annual Men’s Retreat on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 – 4:30 with featured speaker Chris Faddis, author of "It is Well – Life in the Storm". For more information and to register go to www.leelanaucatholic.org.

Chapel Renovation Update from the Carmelite Sisters in Traverse City

The Carmelite Sisters in Traverse City sent out a flyer for their upcoming Triduum in honor of St. Therese scheduled for September 29 to October 1, 2012. The guest celebrant and homilist will be Archabbot Lambert Reilly, O.S.B., and Mass will be at 7:00pm each day.

Also included was an update on the renovation of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus of Prague. I've scanned in the update for those of you that aren't on their mailing list. You can also view more photos of the renovation at stroik.com/portfolio/monastery-of-the-infant-jesus-of-prague.

Here's the update (click for a larger view)...

Please keep the sisters in your prayers. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Pray for Us!

Support Our Carmelite Sisters in Traverse City

Yesterday, I posted about the benefit dinner to help support the new chapel for the Carmelite Monastery in Traverse City. After posting that I was sent more information on the benefit dinner, the chapel renovation, and the annual golf outing in June. So here you go...

Letter from the Carmelite Nuns [PDF]

Monastery Chapel Brochure [PDF]

Donation Card

Golf Outing Invitation [PDF]

Also here are some links about the Carmelite Order, the Chapel Renovation, and Religious Life...

Association of monasteries to which the Carmelite Nuns of Traverse City belong:

About architect Duncan Stroik:
www.stroik.com (The chapel renovation is now posted on the home page!)

About cloistered nuns and monks:

About a vocation to religious life:

Cool Link: Traverse Area Historical Society

I was browsing the Leelanau Enterprise online and saw this headline, Thousands of historical photos posted. Of course, I'm going to click an article with a title like that.

You must visit the Traverse Area Historical Society website and check this out. I did some searches for various places (Suttons Bay for example) and found some really cool photos. The navigation is a bit clunky, but the content certainly makes up for it. The site features over 7,000 photos!

This picture featured in the Enterprise article really made my day! A family fishing and women wearing dresses, if only today's society lived the same way!

Read Thousands of historical photos posted in the Leelanau Enterprise
Visit Traverse Area Historical Society online

TC Production Company shines in "Phantom"

I haven't had a chance to attend a broadway musical yet, but given the performances by the cast of "Phantom" at the Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, I won't have to travel to New York to see a terrific performance. Miracle Productions describes themselves as...

a professional production company offering high quality "Broadway" style musicals to Northern Michigan. Our mission is to provide a performance venue and employment for the immensely talented college men and women who return here each summer.

That sums up the show in a nutshell. The performances by Trevor Kolle (Phantom) and Hanna Brammer (Christine) blew me away. I was very impressed. The rest of the cast provided many outstanding moments and provided a wonderful evening of entertainment. We would have gone back the next day if we could have and watched it again.

Miracle Productions is currently getting ready to perform "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" in August and you can get information about showtimes and tickets at www.miracleproductionstc.com.

You can also learn more about the "Other Phantom" in the articles below...

Read 'Phantom' has same story, different approach in the Record Eagle
Read Phantom (musical) at Wikipedia

Vote for Moomers!

Finally caught the special on Good Morning America Weekend's "Ice Cream Challenge" and Moomers Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City is one of the four finalists!

I know we try to make a couple of trips every summer to enjoy their delicious ice cream. If you haven't been, you're missing out! Go and vote through Saturday, May 24th for Moomers to be the best in America!

Cool movie about the Maritime Academy

Helped the Great Lakes Maritime Academy get this movie onto YouTube and Google Video to help promote their maritime college. It's always good to help someone. Anyway, check it out and see what they are all about!

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