The Pope is Here!

Pope Francis Arrival

Yesterday, Pope Francis arrived in Washington, D.C. to begin his trip to the United States. He will be staying in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. A group of missionaries and students from Seton Hall will be traveling down to Philadelphia on Friday to see him at The World Meeting of the Families on Saturday. Watch my instagram account for more up-t0-date news about our trip to Philly (my instagram account also posts to my Facebook and Twitter). You can also see my latest pictures on the right-side column of my blog. It will be a crazy weekend and there will probably be bigger crowds than I have ever seen before, but it is going to a once-in-a-lifetime weekend.

If you want to follow along on social media, our SPO crew will be using the hashtag #SPOpeVisit. We will be tweeting from both the SPO National and SPO New Jersey Twitter accounts, which you can follow here:

SPO National Twitter

SPO New Jersey Twitter

For live streaming of all that the Pope is doing, check out the Vatican Youtube channel here: Vatican Youtube

A Glimpse of New Jersey

This post is long (very long) overdue. I’ve been in New Jersey for three weeks (as of today). SO much has been going on in the past three weeks that it would take pages to write about it all. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I am going to retell the highlights of the last few weeks in pictures. This is a long post, so stick with me!


Our road trip mascot driving through Wisconsin.

Driving through Ohio.

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Another driving picture, this time in West Virginia.

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Breakfast of champions: Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel with salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Working on admin work outside of the campus ministry offices.

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Setting up for the campus ministry barbecue in the SPO Women’s Household’s backyard. This event was awesome!

Cornhole tournament on the green.

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Trip to New York City. This is a picture of the Highline, which is a new park that was built from an old elevated train line.

A lego building art exhibition on the Highline in NYC.

A glimpse of Times Square. What a crazy place!

The train and ferry station in Hoboken, New Jersey. We took the train from here to get into NYC.

A view of New York City from Hoboken.

Nighttime view of the city from Hoboken.

As you can see, it has been a busy three weeks since I got to New Jersey. It has been a fairly smooth transition, though, and I have settled in to my new apartment on campus. I will share more about where I live and what I do for SPO next week. Thanks for taking a look at my first few weeks on the East Coast!