For years, Courier staffers have talked about showing prayer as it happens around the clock in the diocese.
For our Advent issue, we decided to make the project a reality.
We selected a typical day that fit into our work schedules and then carefully selected locations to visit to show different types of prayer. Photo Editor Mike Crupi then asked, "When are we going to sleep?"
I caught a few winks on our car ride back from our 2:25 a.m. assignment at the Abbey of the Genesee, and we all got a few hours of sleep before our 8:30 a.m. assignment at Rochester’s St. John Neumann School.
Knowing that we wanted to try putting together a highly interactive story that incorporates video and still photos, we decided to have Mike take still photos while New Media Coordinator Sam Oldenburg shot video at each assignment.
During the day, Sam stayed behind at St. Christopher Church in Chili to fully capture the funeral of Debbie Milgate-Moyer, while Mike and I went on to Rochester’s St. Martin’s Place. That’s why we used photos and quotations from some of the St. Martin’s Place guest rather than video.
On a personal note, as a single mom, I was grateful to my mom and a trusted babysitter, Amanda, who both were willing to stay at my house so far outside of normal work hours, which made it possible for me to do this project. Likewise, Mike and Sam were kind enough to put their lives on hold for a day to make time for the project.
Afterwards, many people wanted to know how it went. By the end of the day, I felt exhausted, but also inspired and elated by all the displays of faith I was privileged to witness that day.
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Editor’s Note: View the 24 hours of prayer project at www.CatholicCourier.com/Pray24.