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A $250 Value, Yours for Much Less!

May 1st, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

WXXI, the local PBS affiliate, is currently holding an auction to support public programming in Rochester. One of the available items to bid on, according to DoR Catholic, is a private luncheon with Bishop Matthew Clark at Critics. According to the auction page, this lunch is valued at $250. I kid you not, $250. Thus far there has been 1 bid for $63. If you want to discuss Diocese of Rochester issues with Bishop Clark, you might as well throw in a $64 bid.

Here are the details:

“The high bidder and a guest can have the unique opportunity to enjoy great conversation and food with Bishop Matthew Clark of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. Critic’s Restaurant, located at Greece Ridge Mall, and one of Bishop Clark’s favorite restaurants is providing lunch. Installed as the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in June, 1979, Bishop Clark has been one of Rochester’s favorites. He was ordained Bishop in St. Peter’s Basilica Rome by Pope John Paul II in 1979. What an extraordinary opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Bishop Clark! High bidder is asked to please call Sister Mary Anne Binsack of the Diocese to make mutually agreeable arrangements.”

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12 Responses to “A $250 Value, Yours for Much Less!”

  1. Matt says:

    Does anyone else think it's sort of funny that it's being held at Critic's Restaurant?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Maybe a parish council member from STA should bid!
    That would make for a very uncomfortable lunch for the Bishop!

  3. Anonymous says:

    That would be sort of fun…having the bishop as a captive audience: "So, bishop, why do you want to close my church?" "And by the way, would you please pass the sour cream and the strained vegetables?"

  4. Anonymous says:

    Where did the $250 come from? Is that how much Bishop Clark's time is worth? Is that how much he spends on lunch? Insane.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Does the lunch include time with Sr. Binsack??? If so, what a deal!

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you don't win the bid for lunch, you could always catch-up with him as he hawks his book! That's the only time he has shown his face in Irondequoit in months!

  7. Scott/Mary says:

    Dr K.
    You should run with this story, and find out; if you were the winner of this prize, and had three things you would discuss with Bishop Clark, what would the subjects be?
    Would be interesting to find out what folks would like to discuss.

  8. Sister Emily says:

    "Bishop Clark is one of Rochester's favorite's"

    Favorite what?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Don't worry, there would be nothing but poppy-cock discussed at the luncheon. Try pinning him down. He disguises his adgenda with pleasantries and ambiguities.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Someone from Holy Trinity did this last year. I think they just wanted to get some things off their chest re: the school closings. It didn't do any good. The Bishop really believes he is doing the right thing, as scary as that is.

  11. Louis E. says:

    There is still only the one bid of $63 but the auction page specifies a minimum bid of $68…looks like Bishop Clark will be eating alone.

  12. Dr. K says:

    It would be a real shame if he were to have to eat a $125 meal on his own.

    ~Dr. K

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