The Provincial Council
has had to do its traditional duty of
gathering in New Orleans for their Mardi Gras meeting. Father
Dick Nowery was the gracious host; he made sure that we were able to
have some genuine New Orleans muffalatas for lunch.
For dinner we all went out to dinner to a local New Orleans
seafood restaurant. Joe Moyer who is
allergic to seafood sacrificed himself by having a steak. Pete
Logsdon ordered the senior citizen plate--my, how times flies!!
We all tasted one of their specialties: sweet potato
wanted to start dinner by singing "O Canada" in English and
French. Fortunately before he had a chance, the lights went out and left
us in darkness in the restaurant.
Brother Thomas bought John
Korcsmar a Mardi Gras shirt with the Mardi Gras colors. When
John arrived at the Austin airport in his Mardi Gras shirt, several people said
that they knew where he had been.
Father Dan Walsh in Baton
Rouge will be leaving Villa Felician and the Vets' Home. He has been
driving 35 miles each way, and the drive is getting to be too much. He
will continue to assist and reside at St. Agnes Parish in Baton Rouge. Dan
has become a part of the social and religious fabric of Baton Rouge. Msgr.
Bergen and Fr. Jeff at the parish have been very good to Dan. Dan
will also be having cataract surgery. Please keep him in your prayers.
On the week-end of March 4/5
Korcsmar went out to San Francisco Javier Parish. He informed
the parishioners that
Fr. Jim Martin
going home to take care of his father and the Diocese of Austin will assume
responsibility for the parish. San Francisco was part of the original
missions founded by Father--later Bishop--Alfred Mendez, C.S.C. We are
grateful to the Diocese and to the people of the parish for the many years of
apostolic opportunity and for their generosity.
The following week-end
John went to St. John the Evangelist
in Marble Falls to inform the parishioners there that Father
Ed Kadzielawski will be retiring and that the parish will also be
returned to the care of the Diocese. We want to thank the people there for
their collaboration and generosity over the years. We also want to thank
Father Ed for his hard work and dedication at St. John's and in the many other
apostolic works he has done.
Bro. George Schmitz and
Richard Critz came by Dolores Parish in Austin and took
Korcsmar out to supper. John introduced them to the
congregation at the 5:30 Saturday evening Mass and announced that Brother
Richard was paying for supper. (and he DID too!) When John
introduced Brother George as being from New York, he was received as if he
had been picante sauce made in New York City.
John went to New Orleans for the CMSM meeting and to visit
Dick Nowery and Joe Moyer.
Joe is very active and teaching at Holy Cross School (with the Brothers) and
Dick is very busy at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Brother
Dick Nowery and John went to lunch at Michael's restaurant,
where they serve a hamburger for $125.00. Along with your hamburger and
French fries, you get caviar and a bottle of very expensive champagne. You
also get your picture taken and put on the wall. John had a chicken-fried
steak; Dick had crab claws (honest). Their lunch cost less than a bite of
the hamburger. Their picture is NOT on the wall.