Father Len Collins was
in Peru from the 5th – 15th of April. He was there
for two reasons. He visited the novitiate and our novice Luis
Antonio Perez, who is really enjoying the novitiate. Luis
Antonio was extremely happy to have a visitor from Mexico, not just
because he had lived with Len for a year and a half, but because Len
arrived with his suitcase full of home made tortillas, cans of jalapeno
peppers and bags of candy made in La Luz Parish. But poor Luis Antonio
quickly found out the other novices, Simon, Oscar, Cesar and Fernando and
the staff Father Jaime and Bro. Juan liked all the gifts, too. Everything
was eaten before Len left. Len also gave two classes to the novices, one
on the history of the Southern Province and another on the history of CSC
presence in Mexico. On Len’s final day in Lima the whole house with
several visitors drove up into the mountains for a pachamanca or a
Peruvian cookout where everything is cooked in the ground over hot rocks.
As the saying goes: A good time was had by all.
From the 10th
– the 13th, Len participated in reason number two for his
trip. Father Alberto Mahoney, the
Justice and Peace Director for the Congregation, had a meeting of CSC
Justice and Peace Directors for Latin America at the Maryknoll House.
There were representatives from Peru: Fathers Tom
Shea and Fred Serreino, from Brazil: Bro.
Sergio Roberto Comassetto and Father
Severino Gomes, from Haiti: Father
Pierre Piquion and from Mexico: Father
Len Collins. Three Holy Cross sisters also participated Sisters
Eleanora, Celestina and Blanca. Al gave a history of J&P in
Holy Cross and traced the roots of his job for the Congregation. The group
talked about Debt Reduction, the first international undertaking for
J&P and then looked at Ecology, which will be this year’s main
topic. This was a real international meeting with people from four
countries using Spanish, French, Portuguese and some English.
Holy Cross pastors from four provinces
gathered at Mundelein for a workshop on "Excellent
Parishes." Paul Wilkes, author of several books, including Excellent
Catholic Parishes, was the main speaker.
Pastors came from the Indiana, Eastern,
Southern, and English Canadian provinces. As best as we know, this
was a first!! A good time was had by all!!!!
Critz and Father John Korcsmar
attended the Region IV meeting of the CMSM (Conference of Major
Superiors) in San Antonio. The chairman of the region was looking
for an at-LARGE delegate, and Richard wanted to nominate John, but he
resisted. While they were there, they visited the Brother Charles
Andersen Residence; the community took Brother
Donald Blauvelt out to dinner to celebrate the vigil of his
birthday. Donald chose the Picante Grill because it was too far to
go to Ruth's Chris Steak House in New Orleans. The budget committee
is grateful for the choice.