Carolyn graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Sunday, May 20, 2018 with a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree. Â The graduation ceremony/Eucharist was held at St. Thomas Apostle Church near the seminary.
Bethany, Dan, Emily, and Dave were there to celebrate with Carolyn. Â A wonderful weekend was had by all.
Thursday: Â Dave and Carolyn arrived in Chicago Wednesday evening. Â On Thursday, they enjoyed the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of MacBeth, rode the Centennial Ferris wheel on Navy Pier, visited Macy’s (Marshall Fields) on State Street, and ate at Harry Caray’s Tavern. Â We stopped by the new Apple Store on Michigan Avenue, and had dessert for dinner at the Nutella Cafe.
Friday: Â We took the train to Hyde Park and Carolyn’s rehearsal for graduation. Â We ate at Giordano’s and strolled the neighborhood we met in almost 39 years ago. Â We visited the Oriental Institute on the University of Â Chicago campus, and reminisced about our early days together. Â Wonderful memories!!!
Saturday: Â Bethany arrived late Friday evening, and Dan and Emily Saturday morning. Â We all took the train to the Loop and stopped first at Max’s Chicago Hotdog joint. Â We walked along the lakefront and took photos around The Bean. Â After visiting the Apple Store, we had a fantastic dinner, thanks to our wonderful children, at the Tortoise Supper Club on north State St. Â The surprise was yet to be.
As dinner drew to a close, Carolyn and I learned that they were taking us to see HAMILTON, THE MUSICAL at the CIBC Theatre……..Really!!!! Â It was amazing!
Sunday: Â We attended the 10:30 service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke on Belmont, a favorite of ours. Â Beautiful service for the feast of Pentecost! Â Champagne and strawberries for fellowship time following worship.
Had a quick lunch at the Hyde Park Potbelly Sandwich Shop, and on to St. Thomas Apostle Church a block east of the seminary. Â Carolyn went to LSTC to get robed and lined up, we walked around the University of Chicago campus before going to the church for the graduation ceremony. Â Dave taught at St. Thomas Apostle school while Carolyn completed her final year of studies at LSTC for her MAR in 1980-81.
The graduation, within a Eucharist, was long, but meaningful. Â There were 24 M.Div. graduates, 15 other Masters level graduates, 3 Doctor of Ministry in Preaching graduates (Carolyn included) and 7 Ph.D. graduates this year, though not all were in attendance. Â Carolyn graduated with a DMin in Preaching with two others, from Sweden, who did not attend.
After a tasty reception in the LSTC refectory, we went to Medici’s, the Hyde Park restaurant Carolyn and Dave had their “first date” (kind a) the day they met, 9/7/1979.
It was a wonderful celebration, thanks mostly to our fantastic children! Â Photos of the whole week/weekend are below: