I’m not Mr. July

I’m not Mr. July


If you’re in the Archdiocese of Boston, keep an eye out for the new 2009 calendar from the Catholic Extension Society. It could either be customized for your parish or there’s the standard archdiocesan version.

If you do find the calendar, take a peek through it and see if you can find a picture of me. I’m very proud of the calendar because I was part of the team that produced it. I wrote most of the interior text while our photographer George Martell provided the photos. We all agreed that many of the diocesan calendars we’d seen were too heavy on text and that it would be better to have a more visual calendar. And so even in the two months which are mainly text—one that lists all the religious orders active in the archdiocese and the other listing all the cities and towns that comprise the archdiocese—the text is intended to be a visual element. The length of the two lists impress by their sheer size.

So if you’ve picked up one of the calendars, let me know what you think. This is our first effort at this and we have big plans for next year.

  • Hey, there—I did get a copy at my parish last weekend and found you in the lunch line!  I did like the calendar overall, although it is still too text-heavy for my taste.  (The one and only calendar I remember from years past featured photos of far flung domestic missions, mostly on reservations in the northwestern US and Alaska. It had almost no text, or none that completed with the pictures.) One question: did the calendar always tell us the vestement colors?

  • I actually agree with you, even though I wrote most of the text. I won’t take it personally. smile

    Our original vision was all about the photos, but then the various levels of bureaucracy got involved… Have you heard the old saying that a camel was a horse designed by a committee?

    I’m not sure what previous year calendars did; this was my first year involved.