We want to to welcome Father
Paul Pudussery to Austin, TX!!! Father Paul comes to us
from the Province of India. We are glad to have him here and helping
our community in Austin. He is living at the provincial house and is
helping at Dolores Parish.
Austin recently (Thursday, Nov. 15) went
through a terrible storm. There were at least two tornados.
Father Paul and Father John were at St. Edward's University when the storm
hit. John was just explaining to Paul how there is always somebody
on the track, and there was someone out there in the heavy downpour just
to prove the point.
John and Paul were there for the ENLACE
steering committee meeting, as was Brother John
Paige. They were on the third floor of the Ragsdale
Building, but security got everyone into the auditorium on the first floor
(where there are no windows) because a tornado had been sighted at Ben
White and I-35.
When our meeting was over (Yes!! We
huddled in a corner of the stage area of the auditorium and finished our
agenda.), John and Paul left. The rain was still coming down very
heavily. Traffic was very backed up on Woodward, so we came back by
way of East Side Drive.
At the provincial house, the lights went
out. Brother Thomas, Father Paul, and Father John sat in the living
room in the dark. Father John was wondering what it must be like in
"third world countries." There are many places where
electricity is not as "dependable" as here in the U.S.
John asked Fr. Paul what they would have done if this had happened in
India. Fr. Paul replied, "We would go out behind the house and
turn the generator on." "Which country has more
dependable electricity?", John wondered as he sat in the dark.
We decided to keep regular religious discipline,
and since it was time for supper, we went to go to Luby's. However,
the lights were out, and the place was totally dark. We went on
further to El Jacalito ,but they had just closed because of the
storm. We found China Garden open, but they had had a large window
blown in. We managed to make several trips to the buffet, and
returned to the house content. The lights did not come back on at
the provincial house until later that evening.
The Montopolis area did not fare so
well. The Montopolis Recreation Center (located right across
Montopolis Drive from Dolores Church) had planned their annual free turkey
dinner, but their electricity went out. The tornado came by and took
off part of their roof.
The parish wasn't damaged, although the
Family Center and the rectory lost electricity and phones. The
church and the Franciscan convent never lost electricity. Sr.
Rose noted that God watches over them because the Sisters were
able to watch their novela (Mexican soap opera). Electricity and
phones were not on at the rectory until late Friday evening.
Friday evening, John went over to Moreau
House at St. Edward's University for Mass and dinner. The house was
planning to go see the Harry Potter movie. Joe Ruiz cooked a
wonderful supper, and Brother Larry Atkinson dressed
for the occasion with a cassock and a witch's black pointed hat to appear
as one of the characters in the movie. A good time was had by
was helping Carlos (one of the
candidates in Cd. Guadalupe (Monterrey) with his English. Carlos is in the
first year of the minor sem. His class was learning the "Our
Father" in English. Len read the prayer out loud to him and smiled at
the end of it and asked him if there were more temptations than usual for
the seminarians. Carlos looked confused and asked Len why? Len told him
their version of the Our Father was asking to be led into
temptation. The teacher, who had run off copies of the prayer,
left the "not" out of: lead us not into temptation.
Hopefully, they will be delivered from evil, too.
The Texas area gathered at St.
Ignatius the day after Thanksgiving, as we do every year. Keeping an
old tradition, the dinner is always "anything but turkey," so we
had brisket and sausage for a delicious dinner. We had a good
turnout. Father Larry LeVasseur
and Brother Donald Blauvelt came up
from San Antonio; they had just put on a wonderful dinner for all the Holy
Cross people in the San Antonio area on Thanksgiving, the day before.
At dinner, we were informed by Father
Harold Essling that they had made a biological discovery at
Steiner Lodge. A possum had fallen into a trash can. The can
was too heavy for the possum to tip over and escape, so Fr.
Kadz suggested that they put in a box and fill the trash can
with water. The possum might stand on the box and when the water is
high enough, the possum might swim and get out of the trash can.
Their discovery?? They found out that possum can't swim. Not
known as exactly a tree hugger, Fr. Essling
quickly pointed out that this was an accident.
On Thanksgiving Day, Bro.
Larry Atkinson, Jesus Alonso and Joe
Ruiz left Austin on the 2:30 PM Americanos Bus for Guadalupe,
N.L. They arrived in the bus station in Monterrey at 10:45 PM and were
welcomed to Mexico by Fr. Len Collins, Luis
Antonio Perez, Mauricio Becarril, and Carlos
Jacobo de los Santos. A quick ride brought them to La Luz
Parish. Chuy and Joe stayed in the house of Frs.
Pete Logsdon and Pepe Tomei.
Larry stayed in the House of Formation. Friday was a very full day for the
three Texans from Moreau House. In the morning, Chuy, who had visited the
parish several times before, gave Larry and Joe a walking tour of the
area. Len met them for lunch at the Chapel San Matias so all could eat
with the old folks of the parish.
After lunch, Len drove the three visitors into the center of Monterrey for
a walking tour of downtown Monterrey. All returned to La Luz late in the
afternoon for an historic event. The members of the House of Formation in
Austin joined with the men in formation in Mexico at a Mass in the House
of Formation. Len and Fr. Dan Panchot
concelebrated the Mass, which was followed by a supper and fiesta of
welcome for the visitors. Marin Hernandez,
Paulino Antonio and Bro. Matt McKenna
joined in the celebration along with our Candidates Luis
Antonio, Mauricio, Carlos, Angel Hernandez, Esmelin Perez and Alejandro
Ballesteros. Fr. Pete Logsdon arrived in time for the party,
after celebrating Mass at La Luz. The evening ended with a thrilling game
of Chinese Checkers.
On Saturday morning, Len drove the visitors to each of our 6 chapels so
they could see our Candidates at their catechism apostolates as well as
see the 6 Chapels. At 1 PM both Houses went to lunch together. Saturday
night Mass was at San Matias followed by a quick supper and time for more
Larry, Chuy and Joe left for the 11 AM Americanos Bus for Austin at 9:45
AM. Brother Matt served as chauffeur and was very proud that he found the
bus station without getting lost. Needless to say a
great time was had by all!!!!