Just 30 hours or so removed from our first-ever Archdiocesan Conference, I’m still in a bit of a daze: I’m exhausted, optimistic, grateful, encouraged, and proud among many other feelings and emotions. In particular, I’ve been reflecting on the Matt Maher concert that kicked-off the Conference on Friday night, and the months of planning that went into it.
The concert was 8 months in the making, stemming from a meeting at the OYYAM. We had just been charged with the responsibility of planning and executing the “Friday night” portion of the Archdiocesan Conference and after a bit of brainstorming about potential events and ideas, our decision was unanimous: it was time to bring the Grey-Haired Canadian back for an archdiocesan event for the first time since Spirit Day 2009.
I fired a text message off to Matt in July and he was interested from the very beginning. However, he cautioned me that they had a couple of irons in the fire so-to-speak with respect to other tour dates (that have since come to fruition…including the East Coast USA tour they interrupted to get to Vancouver on Friday). After numerous emails, phone calls, text messages, negotiating, and anxious moments, we finally signed the contact in October…4 months after our initial contract and just 4 months prior to the Conference!