Graduations at Oblate
Graduation was held at the Oblate School of Theology for
those who were graduating with the Master’s in Pastoral Theology and
those graduating with the Master of Divinity. Brother Matthew McKenna (SP) and John Reardon (EP) graduated with the
· Bob Wurzelbacher, formerly
with the South-West Province. Bob is now working in a parish near
Cincinnati, OH doing youth ministry.
Franz, formerly with the Southern Province. Tim currently is
working with Humana, but will be assuming a position with the
marriage tribunal in the Diocese of Austin on Monday, May 7.
Chris Kohn, formerly with the Southern
Province. Chris is currently working part-time with a C.P.A. in San
Brother Hung Nguyen (EB) will be the only
student at Brother Charles Andersen Residence next fall. Brother
Matthew McKenna will be going to study Spanish in Mexico and then to
Monterrey, Nuevo León; he will assist at La Luz
Joshua Book, who has been on regency at Sacred
Heart Parish in New Orleans, will not be renewing vows. We want to
thank Joshua for his time with the Congregation and we wish him
With Matthew moving on to apostolic activity and Joshua
not renewing, there is no one in studies for the Southern Province
in the United States.
Visit to Peru
Len Collins and I went to Huaycán, Lima, Peru
to visit the three novices from the Southern Province:
· Alfred Olvera Ledesma
Mario Alberto Guzmán González
· Javier Herminio
They are all doing
well. They were glad that the provincial visited them. They were
really happy that Len had come to see them. They were most happy
that Len brought some tortillas and jalapenos.
Father Jim (Jaime) Phalan is doing well as the
novice director. He runs a tight ship with grand silence, lots of
prayer, classes on the community, work, and a little apostolic
Fr. Tom Shea from the Eastern Province is
currently giving the novices classes on the history of the
Congregation. Brother John Benesh takes
care of the work details, is putting in the windows of the chapel,
and provides a relaxing balance for community life.
Fathers Larry LeVasseur and
Hal Zink are celebrating their
50th anniversary. They were ordained on June 6, 1951.
They recently had a celebration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in
New Orleans, where both of them have lived and worked. Father Dan Walsh came down from Baton Rouge for
the celebration, and Fr. Joe Geniesse was
also there. They will have a celebration at St. Ignatius Martyr
Church in Austin on Sunday, June 24th at the 11:00 am
LeVasseur and Hal Zink were
honored at the celebration of silver and golden anniversaries at the
Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
There was a beautiful liturgy (as always!) at Sacred Heart, followed
by a wonderful dinner at the North Dining Hall. The Holy Cross
Community did well in recognizing Larry, Hal, and all the other
We all thank them for
their many years of faithful service in Holy Cross!!
While he was at
Notre Dame, John Korcsmar visited the men at Holy Cross House.
Father Joe Rehage asked John how he was
doing, and John responded that he was keeping his head above
water. Joe commented that John looks like he ought to be able
to float. Father Paul Rankin is
happy that summer is coming, and the cold weather is ending. Father
Buttomer still reads TexLaMex and asked John how he liked
Fatima and Rome; Fr. Buttomer studied theology in Rome. Father
John Payne shared some of the history of the Southern
Province with John. Father Leon Boarman
is still filled with apostolic zeal and devotion to Our Lady.
tour in Europe
Father Edwin Kadzielawski is on tour in Europe
with Brothers Dan Durig, William Gaseor, and
Michael Brickman. Kadz has wanted to go to the Holy Land for
many years. He also wanted to do a sabbatical, but he is settling
for a trip to Europe. We wish him safe travels and happy
Our Province Retreat will be at Holy Name Retreat
Center in Houston, starting on Sunday evening, June 3, with supper at 6:00
p.m. It will end on
Friday morning, June
after breakfast. Father Ken Grabner of
the Indiana Province will be the retreat