When I was in Birmingham, AL last January I visited the EWTN studios and later joined the Franciscan Friars for evening prayer in the chapel. At the end of Vespers, we prayed another prayer–a novena for a good bishop–little did I know that God would answer that prayer by sending a bishop I know well.
In the Spring, I joined Bishop Baker at the Religious Life Institute Conference in Chicago, where he was the keynote, bringing copies of his latest book The Questioner’s Prayer for him to sign afterwards. While sitting at a table with Bishop Baker at the table where he was signing copies, some brothers from the EWTN community came up, (0ne who I know fairly well and have had a number of conversations with before). The topic dicussed? Who would be their next bishop. The irony of the way things work.
The installation will be on October 2nd, Feast of the Guardian Angels. I know the bishop would appreciate everyone’s prayers.
From Charlotte was Both, Amy’s New Blog:
Bishop Baker is a old friend of Michael’s, and he baptized Michael the Toddler in a memorable ceremony in a church in central Ohio that is probably still echoing from then 3 1/2 year old Joseph’s energy burst that seemed to come out of nowhere, but went straight into the annals of….something.
Bishop Baker has worked with Michael on two books – one lovely, hardbound book he wrote with Fr. Benedict Groeschel on Matthew 25 – When Did We See You, Lord (in
fact this was the book Fr. Groeschel was working on when he had his terrible accident in Orlando several years ago, which delayed its completion, but thanks to Fr. Groeschel’s strength in recovery, it did get finished. More details on that story, as well on the icons – written by the iconographer whose work we saw in the church in Conyers – at the Amazon link. )
More recently, Bishop Baker wrote The Questioner’s Prayer – a very nice book of meditations based on, well…questions.
I’m sure everyone in Birmingham – including EWTN – is very pleased to finally – after 2 1/2 years – to have a new bishop!