Lazarus Saturday 2008, All Saints Orthodox Church, Bloomington, IN, originally uploaded by richardtenor.
I can finally talk about this without any fear that it might reach certain ears prematurely (i.e., certain people who the parties involved would rather tell themselves):
Matthew and Erin, our newly-baptized godchildren (see photo), are engaged! They are planning for a wedding shortly after the Feast of the Dormition next year.
Erin started at IU as a freshman the same year I started as a transfer junior (fall of 2003), and because of the realities of how transfer credits typically don’t work with music schools, that meant we wound up taking many of the same classes together. Matthew started as a freshman the following year, and we met in the chorus for Eugene Onegin. Their story is theirs to tell, but I’ll just say that they started attending All Saints together two years ago and were subsequently blessed as catechumens last fall. All of this is to say that they have truly desired and made the effort to grow their faith in tandem with their relationship, and it’s been a really wonderful thing to see.