After the fall MD GOP convention, I decided that I wouldn’t waste my time on attending on Saturday again unless there was some significant reason to. I had other things to do Friday and ultimately driving to Bethesda just was not a priority. Digging up Michael Steele from the political graveyard for breakfast speaker Saturday didn’t get me there either. The straw poll at the convention was meaningless and it would have been meaningless if either of the other three candidates had won it too. The weather was too nice this weekend to waste time at a political convention.
I did head to DC Saturday afternoon and stayed there until midday Sunday for events at the newly-renamed Saint John Paul II National Shrine. I’ll have more on that later, including something I’m writing for a Catholic website.
I went to DC early enough Saturday afternoon that I could get to the last tour of the day (at 3) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I then spent a nice late afternoon-early evening in the Brookland neighborhood before heading toe the JPII Shrine for the beginning of their events celebrating this weekend’s canonizations.
The above picture is one I took during the eucharistic procession Saturday night that started at the JPII Shrine and went to the Basilica, through the campus of Catholic University of America, and to the John Paul II Seminary.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.