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Phil Fabrizio is an event, news and sports photographer in the Washington D.C. Metro area. He lives in North Potomac and has operated Sugarloaf Photography since 1985. He is a member of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and... Read more

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Pope Francis visit to US started in Washington DC.  His first introduction to the warm crowds on a cloudless September day was in a Parade around the Eclipse from 17th Street onto Constitution and up 15th.  Montgomery County residents participated in the Pope's pilgrimage to the US by starting their own in the early morning hours on that Wednesday morn.

“I Walked and Francis Rode on By…” (PHOTOS)

Pope Francis visit to US started in Washington DC.  His first introduction to the warm crowds on a cloudless September day was in a Parade around the Eclipse from 17th Street onto Constitution and up 15th.  Montgomery County residents participated in the Pope's pilgrimage to the US by starting their own in the early morning hours on that Wednesday morn.

Mass at St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church in Montgomery Village. 

My Wednesday started at 3:30 a.m. with a drive across Gaithersburg to St. John Neumann’s Church (SJN) in Montgomery Village. I was there for the parish’s 4 a.m. Mass for those who would travel to Washington, D.C. to see the “Papa” and await his parade around the Ellipse.

My roots to St. John’s go back to the start of this parish when masses were first held at Stedwick Elementary in Montgomery Village – a long time ago. My children were baptized there. My dad’s funeral mass was held there in 2011. My mom still belongs to St. John’s. It was she who informed me this past Sunday that SJN was having a “pilgrim” mass devotion at 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

So, after many years of wandering among the many other parishes that surround this part of Montgomery County, it only seemed fitting that I came back to St. John’s to join in – and take my camera along to see the “Papa.”

Following the Mass, I arrived at Shady Grove Metro at 5:45 a.m. and joined an MCM crew who was interviewing parade-bound Montgomery County residents boarding the Red Line.

Then, we boarded the train together to cover this beautiful and historic day.

As for Pope Francis,  I bet he was getting up at 3:30 a.m. too. It would be a longer day for him.

Our paths crossed hours later, and only briefly, from about a distance of the length of two football fields. It was at the corner of 17th and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis was standing in his popemobile and I was precariously balanced on top of an interior security barricade straining for a camera view with hundreds of people in between.

So it was for me, a glimpse, perhaps a once in a lifetime glimpse, under the same radiant September sun. Then, “Papa” rode on by – for more to see.

#walkingwithFrancis

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  • Pope Francis visit to US started in Washington DC.  His first introduction to the warm crowds on a cloudless September day was in a Parade around the Eclipse from 17th Street onto Constitution and up 15th.  Montgomery County residents participated in the Pope's pilgrimage to the US by starting their own in the early morning hours on that Wednesday morn.
  • Pope Francis visit to US started in Washington DC.  His first introduction to the warm crowds on a cloudless September day was in a Parade around the Eclipse from 17th Street onto Constitution and up 15th.  Montgomery County residents participated in the Pope's pilgrimage to the US by starting their own in the early morning hours on that Wednesday morn.

Phil Fabrizio

About Phil Fabrizio

Phil Fabrizio is an event, news and sports photographer in the Washington D.C. Metro area. He lives in North Potomac and has operated Sugarloaf Photography since 1985. He is a member of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc in Glen Echo. Stop by Phil's PhotoLoaf site or visit his SugarLoaf Photography facebook page or follow him on Twitter @Photoloaf. Find Phil's blog on MyMCMedia here.

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