Fr. Joe and I met about a year and a half ago when I went to him for confession at an ACE retreat, saw he was wearing a Salesian pin, and spent twenty minutes talking about how much we love the sisters before we even got to my confession. He was taught by them as a child and has stayed part of the family ever since (once a Salesian, always a Salesian!), so he knows most of the sisters I know. Now that we work together, he and I will not uncommonly have sessions consisting mostly of gushing about the Salesians. He recently returned from a trip to Mexico and then to the first profession of vows for the new Salesian sisters.
Fr. Joe: Wouldn't it be great to take a bunch of ACE people down to Mexico City? Just to learn about Mexico and the people and how it all affects what we do here.
Me: Yeah! I mean, we've got this whole campaign that kinda centers on that. Let me help you with that if it happens.
Fr. Joe: I'm going to think about that. It's not very expensive, either.
Me: And I bet you could get a benefactor to help fund it, or even cover the whole thing.
Fr. Joe: It's very possible.
(He leaves, then pops his head back in my door as he returns to his office, wearing a mischievous grin.)
Fr. Joe: You know, I can tell you're loosing your Salesian roots. The sisters would have said, "Maybe we can have a bake sale to help raise the money". You say, "Just get a benefactor!" That's Notre Dame talking.