Lately I have had lots of people ask me how recruitment efforts for seminarians are going and what the numbers will be for next year; well, as far as numbers go, only our good Lord knows what those will be, but I will happily let everyone know in the fall what our numbers end up being.

Last month I was privileged, along with one of my brother priests, to be hosted in Germany by the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross. This religious congregation was founded by Brother James (Peter) Wirth in 1862 in the Diocese of Trier, Germany. The hospitality that we received was second to none and the superior general of the order very generously toured us around various parts of western Germany. The history of the area is rich and the sights and surroundings are beautiful, but richer and more beautiful still is the life and ministry of the Franciscan brothers that I witnessed.

In the Aug. 1 edition of Catholic Times Bishop Thomas John Paprocki spoke of the trip that he and I made to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich. The seminary there specializes in pairing seminarians from Poland with dioceses here in the United States where they might serve as priests.

We live in a world that is always seeking to build environments that are "friendly." We want movies and programs to be family-friendly so as to be appropriate for anyone's entertainment. We want items and practices to be eco-friendly so that we can help protect our environment.