NOTE An Update on the Contents of the Letter Below
In the note to Bishop Robert Barron, George Weigel refers to Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, not to the present Bishop, Daniel Felton. It is he who hosted the Minnesota bishops and offerred all of them a look at the Collection. So who you see are the Minnesota bishops, Robert Barron among them.
Subject: from GW
Cc: Richard Kunst
Happy fifth anniversary. Do you remember sitting on top of the Augustinianum, or wherever we were, waiting for the smoke signal, and your telling me that my life might be about to change dramatically? Well you had that right, if not quite in the way you intended!
I’vw been in Duluth for the past two days, handsomely hosted by Fr. Richard Kunst, who has the greatest collection of papal stuff I’ve ever seen: http://www.papalartifacts.com/
You would have a ball going through this collection with him, and he’d love to have you out to his parish (as I’m sure Bishop Sirba, with whom I just had breakfast, would love to have you to the diocese).
Fr. Kunst has been trying to contact you but evidently isn’t getting through the outer barricades….so perhaps you could think of doing a day or two in Duluth on some future excursion to the Midwest. You will be feted with the fatted calf, or the local equivalent thereof, I assure you. I’ve told Fr. Kunst that you’re likely booked up for 2019, but perhaps looking forward…?
I’m copying him on this for purposes of the two of you being in touch. But do look first at the Web site at the link above. Just terrific stuff. The scrutineers’ sheet from the 1903 conclave — for the ballot just before Rampolla was vetoed by the Austrians — is the ne plus ultra, but Leo XIII’s wallet ain’t bad, either.
Best, in the Lord — George
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies
Ethics and Public Policy Center
About George Weigel & His Visit to Duluth and to the Papal Artifacts Collection
The Diocese of Duluth, and the home parish of the Curator of Papal Artifacts, Father Richard Kunst, were treated to a rare opportunity to spend an evening with George Weigel.
He is the Distinguished Senior Fellow of The Ethics and Public Policy Center, and is the most comprehensive biographer of Saint Pope John Paul II, a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading intellectuals.
We are honored to share this event with you.
Below is an interview he did in which he discusses his latest book, a memoir of his twelve years of friendship with Pope John Paul II, Lessons in Hope — and his presentation in Duluth at Fr. Kunst’s (then) home parish.