Postcard from Rome: A wedding in Tuscany

By Monsignor Adam Parker

Special to the Review

Periodically, the Catholic Review will feature “Postcards from Rome,” an update on the life of Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien and Monsignor Adam Parker in Rome. The photos and information are provided by Monsignor Parker as he experiences Italy.

When Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien was a young priest assigned to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, he met a medical school student from Austria who was studying in Manhattan. When the med student was married and had his first son, he invited then-Father O’Brien to come to Boston to baptize the newborn child. Twenty-eight years later, the boy he baptized invited the cardinal to witness his marriage. Last month, I traveled with the Cardinal to the small town of Donnini in Tuscany where the Cardinal celebrated the wedding. It was a joyful Mass celebrated in English, Latin, Italian and German. The couple resides in Austria.

Following the Mass, we were treated to an outstanding celebratory dinner at a nearby villa. Pictured here is the table from which we had a breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside.

We pray for all married couples and those preparing for marriage that Our Lord may be always at the center of their relationship!

Copyright (c) Oct. 9, 2012 


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