When I first arrived here at Transfiguration 16 years ago I heard lots of talk about people from the parish traveling to Booneville. I saw folks with tee shirts on with Booneville written across the front and I saw posters boards with picture of men who had traveled to Booneville over the years. I began to wonder: “What’s all the fuss about traveling to Booneville, it is a nice little village in the Adirondack Mountains, but why would a bunch of men travel there?” I very quickly realized they were talking about Booneville, Kentucky not Booneville, New York. In September 2003 I made my first of several visits to Booneville, Kentucky and realized it isn’t Booneville, New York. Immediately I knew the Kentucky Booneville was, and still is, in drastic need of any kind of help it can receive because it is officially in third poorest county in the United States. The efforts that the men and women of Transfiguration have extended there over the last 20+ years are worth every expenditure of time, talent and treasure.
Visiting Booneville is not a ministry for everyone, but it is certainly worth having a conversation with anyone who has gone on the great Booneville adventure to help you discern if it is meant for you! Say a payer for our women who are in Booneville this week. With this said, I call your attention to the note, (addressed to the men of the parish) from Deacon Pat which follows this article.
Again, Happy Easter!
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,
A note from Deacon Pat!
Dear men of Transfiguration,
Veni Sancti Spiritus. Come Holy Spirit!
For the past 28 years, the “Men from Rochester”, as we’re known by the local folk, have traveled to Booneville, KY in the heart of Appalachia to join with Sr. Marge Eilerman and Sr. Angie Kiel in serving the poorest of the poor. For a one-week investment of time, you will receive life-changing spiritual gifts and gain new friendships that will last a lifetime. If you seek to be a better husband, father, son, neighbor, friend, etc., come join us for this very special week of prayer and service.
For more information or to sign up for this year’s trip, contact me by phone at 317-3288 or by email [email protected]
May God continue to bless you on your journey.