If you want to experience the vibrancy of the Christian faith, I encourage you to head to Manhattan on Martin Luther King weekend in January. Hey - if enough of you decide to show up, perhaps we can make plans to meet for espresso. Let me know!
The New York Encounter, which begins on Friday, January 13, is an annual three-day cultural festival sponsored by the ecclesiastical group Communion and Liberation and Crossroads Cultural Center. It is free and family friendly, with plenty of kids and babies and teens and grandparents. The setting is near Penn Station, at he Manhattan Center. Last year, I was deeply moved by the young adults I met who are the next generation of faith-filled Catholics. I spent hours attending beautiful artistic presentations and stimulating talks. I also volunteered with my teenaged son at the espresso bar, which gave me the opportunity to meet young Catholics from across the United States.
This year, that same son will be performing at the festival Friday night with Stretto Youth Orchestra, his Princeton-based chamber group ensemble. This will happen after a keynote address on "Politics as Vocation" by Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. There is a dance performance Saturday night. Sunday Mass will be celebrated in the century-old Hammerstein Ballroom, a former opera house, by the Archbishop of Dublin. Sunday night the ballroom is the setting for a concert by New York City street musicians.
I could go on and on. Instead, come and see!