By Ted Furlow

 As I prepare for imminent retirement, I have been looking around my office thinking about what I might save. In the usual debris of a long occupied office, aside from diplomas, certificates and awards, there are few gems worth taking. However, one thing for sure on my takeaway list is an “original del Riego,” as in Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rutilio del Riego. It dates back to his first all-day Senior Staff meeting after becoming our Auxiliary Bishop. 

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By Ted Furlow

 Several months ago I renewed a relationship with an old friend, a Notre Dame University grad.  Over the years we have teased one another about the superiority of his Holy Cross education and my Jesuit education, and in this conversation he was reciting recent criticisms of Jesuit universities voiced by the inaptly named Cardinal Newman Society.

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By Ted Furlow


 Above my desk at home I have a display box containing my Boy Scout medals. Nestled just below my Eagle Scout and my Ad Altare Dei medals are two Marksmanship medals from the National Rifle Association (NRA). I am proud of all of them and the achievement that they represent.

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By Ted Furlow

 David died while we were on vacation. He and his wife were “church friends,” sharing the same front quadrant of pews where we have sat for years. They met in South America, she is Argentinian and he was from the Midwest. At 6’4” he towered over her, but she is a feisty, funny lady who takes no prisoners in any conversation, and they had a very unique and open relationship. We shared many Sunday mornings at coffee and donuts in our parish hall, talking about life, grandkids, and future retirements.

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