When I named this blog and picked the URL back in 2010 when I entered the blogosphere, I thought about it carefully. I had just left the Roman Catholic religious congregation known as the Legion of Christ, and was starting on a new path. I had one lesson clear in my head: just when you think you have life figured out, it throws you a curve ball. You have to recognize your ignorance and re-analyze things. I realized that one of the few constants in my life was that I should “expect the unexpected”. I had lived in and visited more places than I ever expected (Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, …), and learned many things along the way. Now my journey was taking a new turn and there were more new places and new lessons were on the horizon! So, I chose to call the blog “Perpetual learner”, with the URL “advenus(.wordpress.com)”. The Latin word “advenus” means “migrant; recently arrived; inexperienced” – which applies to me just as much now, re-editing this page four years later, as it did then. The more I travel and learn, the more I realize how limited my knowledge and experience is.
My current home base is Monterrey, Mexico, where I work principally as a translator. I mostly translate from Spanish to English, but I can also translate some kinds of texts from Portuguese or Italian to English. I’m also an active member of the local origami community, organizing expositions, workshops, etc., and teaching origami classes from time to time.
This blog (when I make time to post) reflects my interests and my focus, and whatever kind of work I am doing at the time. For a few years (2010-2013) I worked as associate pastor in two Catholic parishes – first in Newburg, NY, and then on Cape Ann in Massachusetts – and I posted a lot of my homilies on line during that period. I enjoy photography, origami, and reading (especially science fiction and fantasy). I am intrigued by science, especially astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and astrobiology; I did a fair amount of investigation as preparation for an (unwritten) doctoral thesis on the “cosmological anthropic principle”, which includes all three aforementioned areas plus philosophy. I am also an incurable technophile, in possession of more gadgets than I like to admit. So, you may find posts about any of these topics at one time or another…
Besides this blog, I post photos on Flickr, and I can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. And Google+. And Instagram… And other places in cyberspace…
the new podcast is easier to access..Also, thank God that you have come to Gloucester..Holy Family Parish. God works in mysterious ways. I pray that you have a very fulfiling ministry.Charlene Carrier
Hello Father Green,
It is a pleasure to have you with us in the Holy Family Parish choir! There has been a few gentlemen that have attempted to sing in the bass range with llittle success. I am impressed with your reading ability and vocal skill.
Good luck to you in all your parish endeavors.
Thank you very much! I am very happy to be joining the choir for the Christmas concert. I love listening to the choir when you all sing at Sunday Mass too!
If you would like to read my memoir about my sister Annie who was born with severe brain damage and cared for by our parents for 51 years, I would be happy to send you a print copy or arrange for you to get a free ebook.
It is called Dancing in Heaven.
This is a great blog. I have never met you but i think it is great that a clerical man has a blog. I hold much respect for you and your blog.
P.s. Great photos too!
Thank you very much! I stopped by your blog, and you have some great photos too!
It was fun to make origami fish yesterday and since then I’ve made a few more to add to the tree.
What is the current count?
Thanks! I don’t know the current count – I’ll have to check with David! I had to leave at 2PM yesterday, but apparently the fish-making fun kept going after I left.
Dear Father Green, I just discovered this website after following GMG and your posts for the past year or so. I live in CT, but visit Gloucester/Rockport each year for the past 9 and I’m hooked. I wanted to thank you for your posts, and especially the recent ones on the the thrift shops. I love treasure hunting in them and now have some new ones to check out when I get up there in a couple of weeks. Will you be holding any origami classes in the next few weeks? WIth the Perpetual Learner, I now have a new blog to keep me in touch with the North Shore area. Thanks again for helping me stay connected to a place I love. Best, Dorothy Ovelar
Hi! Thanks for your interest. I plan on teaching more origami classes for adults soon, so I will post info as soon as I have it.
I came across your origami work via Google and love it! Would you be willing to share your country church model? If you’d rather not post it, you can send me an email: email@example.com. In any case, thank you for sharing the beauty God has gifted you to create!
Hello, Marthame! Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you. I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my origami!
Unfortunately, I don’t have diagrams drawn up for my country church model yet. It’s on a (growing) list of original designs I need to document…
God bless you and your ministry!
I’m not sure if you still blog. I read your post on rainbows. In three months I’ve seen at least 7-10 rainbows. I am in a situation I did not intend to be in and have asked that God lead the way and show signs of His intentions. These sightings have been divided between me, the other person or if we have been together.
I agree the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant. It seems to be be beating me over the head. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has experienced this.