Father Paul Pudussery from the Indian Province has gone to study Spanish
at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) in San Antonio. He
already speaks several languages, and Spanish will make just one
more. He will be studying there for six weeks. He will often
return to Austin for the weekends.
Brother Thomas Krieter represented
the province at the Mass and dinner in recognition of the Consecrated
Life. Fr. Hugh Cleary, superior
general, and Fr. Arul Gali,
one of the assistant superiors general, also attended, as did several
Brothers from the South-West Province. When the list of religious in
the diocese celebrating anniversaries of profession this year was read,
very many of them were Holy Cross religious. The celebration took
place at St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin, which had been under the care of
Holy Cross for over one hundred years.
The Claretians have been in San Marcos, TX for many, many years.
St. John the Evangelist Parish there also is responsible for the Catholic
Center at Southwest Texas State University. The Claretians have also
served in other towns nearby, such as Martindale, Uhland, and Kyle.
They have just recently announced that they will be withdrawing from the
Diocese of Austin. We wish them well, and we will keep them in our
prayers and in our memories.
The Diocese of Austin has been in a process
of developing a strategic pastoral plan for the future. We know that
with an increasing Catholic population, especially among Hispanics,
and with decreasing numbers of priests and religious we will need to do
some things differently in the future. We live in exciting times!!!
the "It Was Bound to Happen Dept."
One of the lay ministers at Dolores Parish was preparing the candles for
the blessing of throats on the "liturgically correct suppressed this
year" Feast of St. Blase. The minister asked Fr.
Ed Kadzielawski if they should light the candles before
blessing the throats. Fr. Kadz suggested that they light the candles
and then he would use them on him first. The minister got the point.
say the darndest things," Art Linkletter used to say. It is
still true. Fr. John Korcsmar
met some kids from St. Ignatius School who had been to Mass with Fr.
Pepe Tomei. Fr. John said, "He doesn't have any
hair!" One of the kids said, "O yes, he does. ON THE