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I’ve apparently raised a comedian.

Two days ago, when I got home from a week-long business trip out west, my 9 year old son came to the door to greet me. “Oh, this is nice,” I thought, I had really missed him and my wife while I was away, and I was bone-tired after a red-eye flight from LA.

He held his hand up to stop me as I approached.

“And who are you?” he said, accusingly. So hilarious…

In truth, he had a point. I’d been out of town 3 out of the past 4 weeks. I’m glad to be back at home, back at work, back to my routine.

My week in Arizona and California was a whirlwind! I spent a lot of time with my colleague, Leszek, visiting friends and benefactors of CNEWA. A guys’ road trip, complete with incredible views. If any of you have ever driven the I-5 in California, you know what I mean. At one point, the cliffs, water and sun

Seagulls enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean on I-5

set were so stunning we had to pull over and silently watch. Humbling and gorgeous!

Another time, a fast rain shower left a streak of perfect arced rainbow across the sky…it made me think of the Wizard of Oz.

We attended many meetings and conferences, some of which were formal; others were entertaining and quite moving. President George W. Bush spoke at one of them. Also, the actress from Everybody Loves Raymond, Patricia Heaton, was there and gave a speech by a challenging title: God is in Hollywood (Why aren’t we?). Finally, Cardinal Francis George (who among his many other duties is the Treasurer of CNEWA US) gave an insightful presentation on Catholic Married Life and the American Economic System.

Considerably less famous, but still very important to me, I was able to re-meet the priest who hired me for my first professional job 17 years ago. I was 22 and just out of college, and Father Joseph hired me at the Vatican. Now, he’s back in the United States. Imagine running into him after so long!

I have so many more stories to share, but for now, it’s back to work!

Sitting with one of our long-time donors in Arizona--what a good friend!

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So today is my birthday…but I don’t want to say how old I am. I’m in Phoenix today, and I’ll be in California tomorrow. I’m hoping to make some good steps for CNEWA this week. I love having the chance to talk with our donors face-to-face. I wish I could visit everyone and thank them personally for their generosity and love, but I can’t!
Still, I’m excited to be meeting with the ones I can see. Today I have a special treat. I’m meeting with Cecilia, a 96-year-old donor whose parents were among our first donors when CNEWA was first founded. How exciting is that? Her family has been helping us care for those in need since 1926. What a great birthday present for me!
Generally, I’m not that into my birthday. Sometimes, I don’t even celebrate it. I can even be kind of grouchy. But I remember a few years ago, my wife decided to circumvent my potential bad birthday mood and threw me a surprise party! It was so funny, I really had no idea. That was definitely my birthday highlight.
I do wish I was home to celebrate with my family, but I know I’ll be back there soon–then I will have a few weeks at least without traveling!
A person message for my beautiful wife:
This is for you, the best birthday gift I have received. Without you I’d be like a king without a castle; I’d be like a second after many hours passed; I’d be like a candle without the darkness; I’d be like a book without the pages. Beatrice, this is for you who have been the best gift for the past 12 years.

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Hello Readers! Welcome to my new blog.

I will hopefully be posting more and more, but just to get started, allow me to introduce myself!

My name is Gabe Delmonaco. I’m Italian but I’ve been in the United States for nearly a decade. My wife, my son and I live in Staten Island in New York. She’s a teacher, and I’m the US National Secretary at CNEWA United States. CNEWA is a pretty complicated organization, so read more about that here.

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