Fr. Proulx's Christmas Letter

A Message from our Rector

(December 22nd 2019)

Dear Parishioners,

Several years ago, I led a parish pilgrimage to the holy sites of Italy. At the insistence of the organizers, we included the beautiful city of Florence. In truth, there are not many “holy sites” in Florence. Most people were interested in seeing Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “David.” I skipped the David, and went by myself to a much lesser known site, the Church of the Annunciation. It’s a relatively quiet place, but close to the hearts of most religious Florentines.

I wanted to see firsthand, a fresco, which, many years ago, had caught my attention : a beautiful painting of the Annunciation. What captured my imagination was Our Lady’s body language.

As the Archangel Gabriel makes his announcement, Mary, who is seated, moves to the edge of her chair. She is leaning forward, with her ear turned toward the angel. It’s a picture of a woman anxious to hear the word of God, and posed to do whatever God should ask.

May Our Lady be our model. Let’s be attentive to His word and courageously eager to follow His direction.

Have a “Mary Christmas!”

Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Proulx


Reverend Arthur J. Proulx
Cathedral Rector,

Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle

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