Wednesday, March 29, 2006

An Incredible Weekend - With the Feast!

I think I must be the luckiest guy in the world sometimes (and luck, of course, has nothing to do with it!). This past weekend I got to participate in a retreat out at the the Holy Cross Chaplaincy at UBC in Vancouver, and also head over to the Island in a Cessna 172 for some time with the awesome people of All Saints of Alaska. I have to say to that it was so amazing to be with everyone out there in BC, including friends old (Jay, Milissa) and new - (Matthew D., Mark N., Dave P. Raphael L. among many others), and my awesome sister and Mom & Dad! Thank you so much to you all for your amazing friendship and generosity to this guy from across the mountains.

And, I also got to meet the little boy that Krista and I have been blessed to be asked to serve as Godparents to - Owen P.E. Lanteigne!

Here's a picture from the Festal Divine Liturgy of the Annunciation that was served at the retreat on Saturday. It was so amazing to see Vladika Lazar and these three amazing priests - Fr. John, Fr. Justin, and Fr. Christopher at the Holy Altar together... well, you can't actually see Fr. Justin in this picture, but hey - there's Christian! Hey Christian!.

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Blogger Krista said...

Hello! I know you don't know me, but I just recently got a blog and upon browsing, I found yours. Our connection is that my name is Krista Francis, too! I just thought I would introduce myself and tell you that I appreciate what I read of your blog. You can see mine at or kristadventures.
Many Blessings!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

That's amazing! I know Krista (my wife) will find this very cool.

Thanks for stopping by, Krista!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Ah, you're back. Pictures of the pranks didn't feed my soul as much as your usual fare. Glad you were able to fly over instead of taking the ferry. How many god children do you have, now? I think you may be on your way to a record.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

Just the two boys at this point, Ken!

Krista also has another Godson, Jonathon.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Maybe so...I already do have a second cousin who is Matthew Francis! In California, that is...and he's 5 years old...sheesh! The connections keep building- ha! Anyway, yes, please let your Krista know and heck, maybe we should be friends! that would be fun now wouldn't it? By the way, I'm a youth minister in the Catholic church with a lot of different denominations in my background, so I always love a good theological discussion...glad to have made a connection with you guys!
Krista (Fawn)

12:52 PM  
Blogger Mira-cle said...

What a great weekend, Matthew!

It was wonderful to have you here, and your talks were very inspirational and thought-provoking.

And I'm blown away by this little connection too, Krista (Fawn)! I love that kind of seemingly random meeting.

My sister, whose name at the time was Alina Constantinescu (she has since re-married), went to a gym to sign up for a membership there. We had just recently arrived to Canada from Romania and this was the first gym she'd ever been to. They told her that she can't sign up, because she was already in their computer!!!

To her utter surprise, she found out that there was another Alina Constantinescu in Victoria. It is obvious by the obscure name that this woman had to be Romanian also, so my sister took down her address and went to her apartment! They met that day and have been best friends ever since! They were sponsors for each others' weddings, and the other Alina and her husband are now the godparents of my sisters' daughter. Who would have thought!?!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

That is a great story Mira. What a joy that your sister found a friend who has her name....Kind of like a "name" friend, an instant connection, in this fast food world we live in. We can pray for each other, not that we can't pray for those who don't have our names

When I saw the first comment here, I thought, "hey! I didn't post a comment yet". I thought "maybe Matthew rigged into the system pretending to be me"? :) Nah! This is so great. Glad to meet you Krista Francis, It's like looking into a mirror!

Oh yes! Matthew forgot to mention that I also have a Goddaughter, Roxanne that girl It's neat when you're closer in age, it's like being a spiritual sister.

Ken, I must say that I like this picture of you in the comments.

Chow for now!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Thanks Krista. Did you recognize the Edmonton Oilers insignia?

4:29 AM  
Blogger gabriel said...

I'm glad to hear the weekend was so successful.

And congratulations on being asked to be godparents, both of you! I was just asked for the first time recently, so I share your joy.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Browler said...

Anyone else worried about doubles appearing? Goliadkin eat your heart out.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

hey! Yes, i did notice the Edmonton roots there on the hat. Go Oilers! I'm actually more recently being able to say "I'm from Edmonton" Matthew and i are adjusting to that still...him being a B.C-ite and me a saskatchewoni-ite before Alberta :)

9:19 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Know how you feel. I also left part of my heart in Saskatoon. A beautiful city. Sandra's birthplace, in fact.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I must say I still think of myself as a Saskatonian as well...such a beautiful city! Mind you, Krista (Matthew's Krista, that is), you know that we really can't call ourselves Albertans until Ralph Klein presents us with a metal. :P

10:34 AM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

I think Fr. Dennis got one of those!

12:43 PM  
Blogger pasivirta said...

Matthew! Good to see you briefly this weekend for sure. I look forward to the mountain of not as much silence that we all will tackle this summer. too bad that Krista is not going to join us, but we'll manage. I got the approval to bring some presbyterian holy water, so we will have a wee dram together. I guess we will see you shortly after pascha for a baptism too?

12:11 PM  
Blogger matthew christopher davidson said...


I've said it already, but I'll say it here publically:

That weekend was a first-order treat.

11:48 PM  

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