Claire Dwyer was doubly blessed by her recent investiture into Apostoli Viae. The reason is that the ceremony was presided over by one of the holiest Bishops in the United States, Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix.
We are not able to attend all remote ceremonies but in this case, Stephanie was in Phoenix at the National Convention of Vocation Directors talking with them about our High Calling seminary preparation program. This allowed both of us to spend time with Claire, her husband Delaney, and to attend this beautiful ceremony.
After the ceremony Stephanie and I spent time with Bishop Olmsted to get his wisdom about our statues and how to lead our rapidly growing community. I was deeply consoled when Bishop Olmsted revealed that my spiritual director, Fr. Thomas Acklin O.S.B., is an advisor to him for a new community in Phoenix. It was also encouraging to hear Bishop's reflections on aspects of the charism that he found to be unique and that he thinks will be very helpful to our members.
In particular he expressed appreciation for the progressive nature of how we adopt our plans of love (rules of life). He thought that this approach seemed to suit the normative path of spiritual growth. He also noted that he liked the adaptability of the rules to the state of life of each member. For those new to the charism you can find out more about our approach in the foundational document in the Sojourner's group.
It was a powerful and beautiful time in all respects. Here are a few photos:
Unum est Necessarium