Headed to Rome!


Greetings from the airport in Las Vegas, where I await my first of three flights to Rome. For those who haven’t yet heard, I am headed to the Vatican to attend the Beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II and a special Vatican Bloggers Meeting on Monday at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. If I weren’t so exhausted from the crazy week I’ve had, I’d be jumping out of my skin with nerves and excitement. As it is, I am looking forward to three flights today to catch up on some rest!

I hope to share as much of this experience with you as possible through the blog , through my Facebook account, and over at Twitter. I hope my friends in those social networking venues will feel as though you are coming along on this trip with me through the photos and videos I share.

This trip is the opportunity of a lifetime. I have the odd sensation that it is somewhat “anointed” since all of my planning fell into place so smoothly in such a short time. I owe a huge det of gratitude to Ave Maria Press and Bayard Publishing for their wonderful generosity with grants to partially fund my travel, and also to a devoted reader of the blog and CM supporter who made a generous donation to support my trip as well. Additionally, Lisa Wheeler at The Maximus Group had been an invaluable help in aiding me with logistics.

It’s almost time to jump on my first plane, so I’ll sign off for now. Thank you all for your prayers, your support, and your friendship. I carry your love and your prayer intentions with me on this amazing pilgrimage to honor our beloved Blessed John Paul II.



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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