Amid the beautiful craziness that is Christmas and the beginning of 2024, I’ve been trying to sneak as much time as possible to prep for ACME2024. It’s hard to believe that these Workshops (formerly known as the Faith and Astronomy Workshop) have been in existence for nine years. Having gone from participant to presenter, the journey has blessed and enriched my priesthood!
The workshop will once again take place at the Redemptorist Renewal Center. Its a beautiful center that provides a relaxed environment to grow as an intentional community. Sadly, in the nine years of Workshops, it appears the light pollution has increased (check the light pollution map to the left). Despite the increase in light pollution, I can’t wait to meet our participants and catch up with old friends.
This Renewal Center (along with Our Lady of the Desert Parish) has become special to me. In addition to our workshops, I also stayed at the center for my sabbatical. It was a rather memorable sabbatical since it started a week before the Covid-19 shutdown. Needless to say, I look forward to yet another restful time at the center… minus a global pandemic. If there are any priests or religious who are looking for a sabbatical, I’d highly recommend their program.
As I’ve done in the past, I’ll offer daily reflections on our Workshop. My hope is that these posts will give you a sense of what we will explore this year at ACME2024. If you could, say a prayer that all of the participants arrive safely and that we’re blessed with a week of clear skies!
I’ll check in with you next week!
(Orions belt is always positioned nicely for the Workshop. I look forward to exploring the night sky with you next week!)