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A Sojourn In Paris 2002

Notes From My Personal Journal

St. Severin Church, Paris, view from Rue St. Jacques

Friday, September 20, 2002. I left the Foyer St. John Eudes, my residence in Paris, after a continental breakfast, supplemented with my own cereal, bananas, milk and cheese. The Paris subway, the Metro, just a short block away took me to the Rue de Sevres to the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. In previous months I had prayed daily to this Saint (1576-1660) to make my trip possible. His image hangs over my kitchen sink.

I had promised him that I would visit his burial place in the St. Vincent de Paul Church on the Rue de Sevres and honor him with prayer. His body rests in a glass coffin high above the main altar. What a great priest he showed himself to be, spending most of his life in Paris with the poor, the outcast, and the orphans. My prayer to Vincent: Raise up priests like yourself, you so gracious, so kind, so humble.

A short distance away on the Rue de Sevres, in this business district stands St. Ignatius Church, one I always enjoy visiting. Mass was just beginning at noon in this truly awe-inspiring Gothic Church. How gratifying and consoling to join with the large number of faith-filled people in celebrating the Holy Mysteries of our Faith in a faraway city.

Later that day, my walking brought me to Notre Dame Cathedral, my favorite place in Paris. It is the city’s #1 tourist attraction, always crowded with visitors from around the world. I was to spend many hours inside this holy space in the days ahead. This day, at the altar of the Blessed Sacrament, peace filled my soul as never before. I could sit there as long as I wished without having to rush off to some duty.

The famous statue of Our Lady, next to the main altar of the Cathedral has always attracted me as she holds on tightly to her Little Child. At her feet, a new strength comes into my being, a new sense of peace, knowing that she in my Loving Mother.

In the neighborhood, the St. Severin Church, built like a Cathedral over 800 years ago, still serves as the parish Church for the local residents. A visit there this day makes me realize the Catholic faith of the people responsible for this House of Worship. I want that faith too! An unusual day filled with adventure!

Fr. George McKenna

June 24, 2018 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,


  1. Yes, He is.


    Comment by Kathryn Mikel | June 24, 2018 | Reply

  2. Hi Fr. George,
    Oh how wonderful it would be to have traveled through Paris with you! I was able to see a few of the lesser known churches while there and to be in Notre Dam cathedral on Pentecost was a real treat. You have had so many wonderful experiences in your life with your travels and then meeting so many people traveling through Midway Airport. You’re so very influential to your blog followers! I know my life has been made more full by knowing you. Thank you, my friend!

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | July 7, 2018 | Reply

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