Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC When I was the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy, I loved my Visitations. That meant that I went to each church in the Diocese twice a year: the …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC In the late 1950’s my Dad told me to go over to a man who had scared me for years. “Old Rube” was a drunk. He sat next to the …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Having been brought up in an environment where the Clergy were seen as an integral part of the community, especially in times of need, I’m amazed at how this seems …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Since moving from the Biretta Belt to the Bible Belt, I have had to make a few adjustments. One humorous one is that many wear a necklace with the State …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Boredom has been elevated to a new justification for not doing something.  For example,  some people do not want to visit residents of Nursing Homes (except at holidays or when …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Having been trained in the area of psychometrics,  I must confess that I often view elements of life (including ecclesiastical life) as if I were reading an MMPI or reviewing …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC In spite of a lifetime of being brought up in baseball, I am quitting baseball.  I have had it!  I have quite a few reasons for my decision, and here …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC Years ago, when I was a parish priest, three other priests and I needed to go to Manhattan (New York City.). When I arrived I was met by the three …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC I have recently been introduced to “Throwback Thursday.” Forgive me for being so “behind the times,” but being introduced to these concepts gives me a chance to observe without prejudice. …

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Quintessential Quinciensis by The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC In 1989 when we moved from Pennsylvania to Texas, there was one thing  we had never encountered: schools not being closed on Good Friday.  We were also surprised at how …

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