Family: March 2007 Archives

Terence and Jonah

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My brother Terence with his son Jonah Daniel, 14 days old today.

Happy Birthday, Lauren!

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My radiantly beautiful niece Lauren Elizabeth Hope Cable is holding her tiny newborn cousin, Jonah Daniel Kirby. Lauren went to New Hampshire to help care for her little cousins Michael Colin and Mary Elizabeth the week Jonah Daniel was born.

Lauren is 1/4 Italian, as anyone looking at her can tell! Lauren is extremely active, very much her mother's daughter. She is also an excellent cook. I'm waiting for her to visit me in Italy. (Sorry, gentleman. Lauren has a boyfriend.)

So, Lauren, when are you coming to the Eternal City?


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Michael Colin (3 years) and Jonah Daniel (6 days).


My two nephews are discovering one another. I just love the expression on Michael Colin's face. How could I not post such a wonderful photo?

I wanted to write more on dear Saint Joseph today, but yesterday we had our Solemn Stational Mass for Laetare Sunday, and today I had to go to our Curia Generalizia on the Aventine to sing for the ordination to the diaconate of two young Polish Cistercians, D. Conrado and D. Ignazio. We sang the entire Mass in Gregorian, including the Gradual and the Tract.

Our liturgical calendar is full of festivals this week: after Saint Joseph on the 19th we have the Dedication of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme on the 20th, and the Transitus of Holy Father Saint Benedict on the 21st.

Gaudete cum laetitia

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My niece Mary Elizabeth, celebrating her 2nd birthday yesterday, exhibits true Laetare spirit! "Amen, I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of God" (Mt 18:3).


Happy Birthday, Mary Elizabeth!

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Today is Mary Elizabeth Kirby's 2nd birthday! She had an early birthday present this year: the birth of a new little brother, Jonah Daniel, on March 13th. As befits one born on Saint Patrick's Day, Mary sings and dances. She is very interested in "Baby Jonah"! Vultus Christi will follow this developing story.

"When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world" (Jn 16:21). Jonah Daniel Kirby was born on Tuesday, March 13, 2007.


Mom (Sandy) with Michael Colin, Jonah Daniel, and Mary Elizabeth


My brother Terence with Sandy, and their Children


Daddy helps Mary to hold her new little brother

Born today: Jonah Daniel Kirby

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My brother Terence and his wife Sandy are the happy parents of a new baby boy, Jonah Daniel Kirby, 7 lbs. 6 oz., born early this morning. Jonah Daniel has a brother, Michael Colin, 3 years old, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth, 2 years old, both of whom have appeared before on Vultus Christi. Their Uncle in Rome is thrilled. Sacramentum Caritatis and a new nephew all in the same day!



About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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