On Labor Day, Holy Cross priests, brothers, and sisters
gathered out at the lake at Steiner Lodge for a cookout with hot dogs, sausage,
and hamburgers. There was a great turnout. We all had a great time since
it was our first get together after the summer.
The Texas Region of the Southern Province gathered at Steiner
Lodge for their first monthly meeting. There was an excellent dinner
served. Some were concerned about the meat dish. We won't mention
any names because we don't want to embarrass Father Harold Essling but some
people are mean to the deer who run wild and frequently come to Steiner Lodge,
only to be shooed away. When asked if we were eating beef or pork, Father
Essling would only respond, "Oh, dear!" Or was that "Oh,
deer"? Whatever it was, it was good.
The Sisters of the Holy Cross had a celebration for the
Triumph of the Holy Cross at St. Ignatius. We began with a reflection on
the Seven Dolors, led by Sister Judy Hallock, the regional superior. After
our prayer, we continued to refresh our spirits and had a wonderful
supper. A good time was had by all!
Brother Joel Giallanza came to Dolores Parish for the
celebration of Our Lady of Sorrows. The parish received that patron name
as a favor to the Congregation of Holy Cross, since Our Lady of Sorrows is the patron
feast of the entire Congregation. Brother led a reflection on the 7 Dolors. After Mass, there was a covered dish dinner and plenty of
fellowship. We are all grateful for Brother's reflection and inspiring
On September 20, Brother Richard Critz and Father John
Korcsmar went down to San Antonio to welcome Brother Donald Blauvelt who will be
on staff at the Brother Charles Andersen Residence. Brother Donald will
continue to be a general councilor and travel to Rome and other places for
general administration work. Brother Joel will be living and working at
the South-West Province Center.
The house in San Antonio will be almost full. There are
seven students from five provinces studying there this year:
Down in Monterrey, Nuevo León
Dan Panchot has been a bit under the weather. He has been
experiencing some dizziness. The doctor decided to put Dan into the
hospital for a bit. They ran all kinds of tests. They checked his
blood. They poked here and there. They looked at his heart.
They examined his head, but they didn't find anything. Dan is quick to
point out that they didn't find anything WRONG. Dan is doing better, but
we would still appreciate your prayers.
Father Len Collins also has a full house of candidates in
Monterrey. This year, we have:
Alberto Guzmán González.
At the professed house, Marin Hernandez
Campos is in his first year of theology. There are also three
novices in Chile from Mexico:
Luis Agripino Quijas,
would ask for your prayers for all Holy Cross religious in formation.