|ONE OF PITTSBURGH'S ZILLIONS OF BRIDGES|
The good sisters, Sr. Mary Fidelis in particular, welcomed me most beautifully. I stayed more or less in silence but around my fourth day there I asked if the two of us could chat a bit. So we sat down in a comfy room off the sanctuary and I went off on a typically tearful riff about my sordid past, my conversion, and the tragicomedy of my ongoing "pilgrimage."
"S-, so," I finally sniffled, "how did you end up as a nun? Are you a cradle Catholic?"
Sr. Mary Fidelis broke out in a friendly guffaw. "I'm from Pittsburgh," she said. "In Pittsburgh you emerge from the womb a Catholic, and a Steelers fan."
I'm in Pittsburgh for the week. The other day my host, Kevin Mongrain from the Gailliot Center for Newman Studies, was giving me a tour of the greater downtown area. We were just pulling into The Strip District when I checked my phone: an email from Sr. MF herself!
Saw you are in Pittsburgh now. Yay. I am a Pittsburgh native and love every last inch of it...
I pray your time there is blessed. If you can try to visit St Anthony's relic church. And for a very Pittsburgh flavor, visit Primanti Brothers or Wholey's Fish Mart! Oh have fun!!!
Lenten blessings from the desert
Sr Mary Fidelis
I thought Wholey's Fish Mart, I wonder where that is?...And just then I glanced up and I swear we were parked in front of Wholey's!
I know what it is to be homesick. So here are some pix of The Strip, with Lenten love, for Sister Mary Fidelis.
|WHOLEY'S FISH MART|
|HI I'M WILLING TO GO TO ANY LENGTHS FOR THE POOR CLARES,|
EVEN BE A PATHETIC TOURIST!
|STEELERS ARE FOOTBALL, RIGHT?|