Philadelphia was honored to host Pope Francis during the last weekend of September
and some of COFCO’s own were on hand to experience it.
Charles “Dewey” Raylman is an installer at COFCO during the week, but he spends his Sundays at the Catholic church, where he is an ordained Deacon.
Deacon Dewey and his wife (COFCO’s Director of Logistics), Misse, are deeply rooted in the Catholic community and were thrilled when they heard that Pope Francis would be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families on Saturday, 9/26 and Sunday, 9/27.
Even more exciting was the news that Dewey would have the opportunity to be at the outdoor Papal Mass on Sunday, 9/27 and serve the Eucharist during Mass. There were 900 people serving Eucharist and each had someone with them holding a yellow and white umbrella so that they could be found by attendees.
Dewey, Misse and their friends spent the weekend with the crowds in Philadelphia, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime experience during Pope Francis’s first (whirlwind) visit to the United States.
Misse had this to say about the weekend:
“What a joyous weekend we had! Dewey, our friends and I met several people from all around the country, and the world. We were blessed to share in this event and to see Pope Francis in person.
The weather turned out to be better than anticipated. The forecasted rain held off and it was truly an amazing experience.
To end his US visit, was an announcement that Pope Francis will be visiting Ireland in 2018. No need to guess where we will be going that year!”
If you’d like to know more about Pope Francis’s 2015 trip to Philadelphia here are some links: