Austin was visited by several community members
recently. Father Jim Flanigan (IP), Brother
Richard Kiniry (EB), Father Tom Tobin
(EP), Brother Stanley Culotta (SW), and Brother
Thomas Krieter from the Southern Province met as the health care
committee. Wise men that they are, they met at the Brother
Vincent Pieaux Residence; the cooks there always make sure that the
food is both delicious and healthy.
After all that healthy food and discussion about health care,
Brother Thomas wanted to show some Southern hospitality, so the group went out
to County Line for some excellent Texas BBQ. Concerned about health,
Brother Stanley returned home to San Antonio. Concerned about community
spirit and not concerned enough about cholesterol, Father
John Korcsmar went along. After a delicious meal, Brother
Thomas took them on a tour to Steiner Lodge
on Lake Travis. There they disturbed Father Harold Essling. Harold
was in a very deep meditation when the men arrived, but he was able to rise to
the occasion and show everyone the lodge. The men were almost
disappointed. For some reason, they did not see any deer at the camp, but
they saw three of them on the way back to Austin. There was no explanation
why they weren't at Steiner.
Father James Martin has
left San Francisco Javier Parish in Creedmore, just outside of Austin. He will be in Latrobe, PA where he will
be taking care of his father. Jim feels that his father needs rather
constant care. Please keep Jim and his father, James Martin, in your
With Jim's departure from Austin, the Congregation will be
leaving San Francisco Javier Parish. That parish was part of the original
"Holy Cross Mexican Missions" started by Bishop
Alfred Mendez, CSC. We hope that the parish continues to
At the monthly Texas regional meeting at Steiner Lodge,
Joe DeVliegher arrived and immediately said, "I smell
food!!" We just have to make sure he eats better up in Burnet.
Next time we hope he'll say "Hello!" first.
Father Edwin Kadzielawski
led a discussion on the Jubilee Year. He shared how there are many different
ways to think of things as doors: Daylight Savings Time as a door to more time
to use, meeting other people as a door to Christ, our upcoming provincial
chapter as a door to the future.
Father Kadzielawski is having some dental work done. He
is having a bridge replaced. His dentist asked him if he would like to
have a cosmetic bridge. Fr. Ed answered, "No, there's no point to
simple patchwork. If I am not going to have a complete facial
beautification, might as well skip it." And so he did.