Korcsmar moved into a room at St. Ignatius. Things were
going well until he discovered an exercise bicycle in the room. Not
to worry: Father Hal Zink told him
that it is broken. Can't exercise there.
The pastoral team at St. Ignatius
went out to a breakfast to celebrate Sheryl
Mann's birthday. Sheryl is the music director at St.
Ignatius. Sister Alice, the
principal, had piggies in the blanket. Brother
James Kell said something about the large portions were very
large--one oink short of a piggy platter. Being also the feast of
St. Nicolas, Sr. Adelaide shared how
the Sisters at their house leave their shoes outside their bedroom so that
they will be filled with thoughtful gifts. There was discrete
silence about what their shoes were filled with. Also, there was no
discussion as to who might get the most gifts because there is more room
in the largest shoes. Sr. Adelaide
did admit to having once left out a Texas boot. She did not say that
it was filled.
The English speaking provincials and
assistant provincials of North America gathered together at St. Edward's
University in Austin, TX. Father Hugh
Cleary, superior general, and Brother
John Gleason, first assistant superior general, also came to
the meeting. They discussed the possibility of a common archives and
a Holy Cross Institute for spirituality. They also discussed ideas
for restructuring the Congregation for mission in the future.
Sunday night they all gathered for
supper at the South-West Province Center, where Brother
Richard Daly prepared a ham dinner with Texas jalapeņo
beans. Many of the brethren from the East, Midwest, and Canada never
heard of jalapeņos before, but I don't think they will forget them for
quite a while.
On Monday night, they all traveled
out in a caravan to Steiner Lodge. Fr.
Harold Essling prepared a delicious BBQ dinner with brisket,
beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. A good time was had by all!!
water everywhere." South Austin is getting more than their fair
share of rain. Out on South Congress, they have measured 40 inches
of rain. If this keeps up, Santa will be needing a boat!
As Christmas draws near, both
Dolores Parish and St. Ignatius Martyr Parish had music
At Dolores, the program began with
the youth group doing the traditional posadas. Then the different
CCD classes sang different Christmas carols and other Christmas songs,
including Rudolph and Reynaldo. Fr. Paul
Pudussery, Bro. Thomas Krieter,
and Fr. John Korcsmar were there to
listen to the music and to enjoy the freshly made tamales.
At St. Ignatius, Fr. Peter Rocca's
liturgical correctness was still quite evident after all these
years. Ms. Sheryl Mann had
prepared a number of groups with the featured piece being a Messe Breve.
The closing piece was an Advent song: "O Come, O Come
Emanuel." A festive, Advent, choral
good time was had by all!
Miller celebrated his 50th
anniversary of priesthood at Sacred
Heart of Jesus Church in New Orleans. Sacred Heart is Fr. Miller's
home parish. He pointed out that it was built just in time for his
baptism. After his ordination in Rome, the church at Sacred Heart
was air conditioned just in time for his Mass of Thanksgiving there after
he returned from Rome. He returned to Germany to study for a
doctorate in theology.
Father Miller has served the
Congregation well as a seminary
professor, as provincial of the Southern Province, as a writer and author,
as editor of the Social Justice Review, and as director of the Central
Verein. Many thanks for your hard work and dedication, and ad
Please remember Conrad Miller, Fr.
Miller's brother who died on December 21, 2001, the day before the
John went home to his mother's for a
few days. After saying the Christmas Midnight Mass at Dolores, he
went to bed. He then had to get up early to catch the 7:20 a.m.
flight to Cleveland. You would think he would remember to keep those
things in mind when he makes out the schedules and makes plane
reservations. Although Buffalo had two feet of snow, Cleveland
didn't have any on Christmas morning, but they were blessed with a few
inches during the days after; that made it look like Christmas.
Peter Rocca of the Indiana Province left his usual work as
rector of Sacred Heart Basilica at Notre Dame to come down for his yearly
visit to Austin. He still keeps up with many families that he knew
when he was at St. Ignatius.
Barry Cabell got the last of his things together for his trip
up to Copperas Cove as he becomes pastor there. He had recently been
pastor in Newfoundland, where he was on the bay. Now he will be in
the middle of Texas--far from the water.