I’ve known about it a few days, but only today have I been at liberty to write about it. Via their website, the Archdiocese of Utrecht announces the appointment of their new youth worker, Mr. Hao Tran.
I’ve known Hao for a couple of years in his capacity as youth worker for the Diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden, where he has been key in the development of the youth platform which, among other things, sent significant delegations of young people to the World Youth Days in Cologne and Sydney. In my experience, Hao is driven, inspirational and pastoral, knows what he wants and how to get things done. As such he is, I think, the ideal person to repeat in the archdiocese what he has done here: create a solid foundation for youth programs and events for people between 12 and 30.
But we will definitely miss his drive, his knowledge, his inspiration and his person here. But things change, people move on, and what is good for one diocese can certainly positively influence other parts of the Church province as well.
A few days late, but here they are nonetheless (mostly for myself, I’ll admit)
June was a slightly better month than May, although the news and the topics I wrote about diminished a bit in the second half of the month. 3,652 page views were registered, bringing the total since the beginning of January to 22,582. As I thought, it did indeed cross the 20,000 somewhere around mid-June.
The high ranking of my post about the St. Boniface Day is mainly due to a link from my favourite Dutch blogger (for a giving value of ‘favourite’), who saw fit to use it as one more tool to attack my bishop, albeit not very convincingly (seriously, I’m suddenly an authority on how many people attend an event?). Anyway, spike in stats – always nice.
Speaking of bishops, they and other curia members were the trend in the search terms. Msgr. Gänswein (yes, still), Bishop Mixa and the Venerable Cardinal Newman were all popular.
And lastly, can I say how very happy I am to see my translation of Msgr. Marini’s address on the liturgy still lingering in the top 10? Oh, I just did.