"This Is How a Bishop Serves"
As the afterparty ran even longer than usual, full wrap to come... for now, though, suffice it to say that of the 30-odd of these shindigs your narrator's been blessed to be part of over the years, none matched the warmth of emotion, the understated beauty, the enthusiasm and, above all, the out-and-out fun that marked yesterday's moment in the sun for the church in Central Jersey... and, of course, for our beloved Father David.
When you've got two of this beat's most entertaining and easygoing characters headlining the day -- and an unusually large contingent of twenty- and thirtysomethings on the guest-list -- perhaps the lightness of spirit was to be expected. Still, with all of six weeks to prep, Bishop Mort Smith and his team worked untold hours to plan out and pull off a day that'll be very happily and fondly remembered on the wider scene for a long, long time to come.
So especially for all of us lucky enough to have been invited in from outside, a million thanks and kudos to the Trenton crew for a great day in the "great diocese" -- and lest anyone up 95 hasn't yet realized it, just as you've already got the best at the helm, with your latest "10," know that the tradition continues... so revel in it.