After the reception at the seminary, we boarded buses to various restaurants around St. Louis, and I was with priests from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. They were so welcoming.
When I was on my way to the restaurant, I struck up a conversation with a young priest. He asked as many had," What inspired me to write this book?" Instead of giving him the shorter version, I shared with him how I received a grant from that Scanlan Foundation to have the book professionally edited, to build the website, and for 400 books for our archdiocese.
When he told me his name was Father Eric Scanlan, I about fell over. What? His great-great-great aunts were the sisters who gave the money to the Archdiocese to have the foundation. However, he had not met anyone who had received a grant but he knew they were still giving out money. It was a true Holy Spirit moment, feeling I was just where I was supposed to be.
On the way back to the bus, I met Fr. David from St. Augustine, Florida, who shared that their diocese already had a 2 year plan in place to introduce Hundredfold into their parishes! Again, I was flabbergasted!
On Thursday morning, I was to give my talk to the convocation of Bellville youth. And whatever could go wrong DID! The AC in the room did not work, so we set up the AV equipment and then were told, with 10 minutes to go, that we were changing rooms. Unfortunately, that room did not have AV equipment, so we had to move all of it from the hot room to the new room and set up everything again. I was so frustrated that I FORGOT to turn on my remote clicker to change the slides! Even with all the challenges, the talk went well, and they were with me! I signed and sold all the books I had brought with me.
After a week of amazing moments, while at the airport, a Vocation Director from Minnesota stopped me to say that he did not have a chance to speak with me during the week but that he had to thank me for writing the book as it was such a gift to the Church. What a way to end the week!