January 2004


Congregation of 

Holy Cross 

Southern Province


Vol. 15, No. 1

All these stories happened, should have happened, or could have happened.

This mural of Father Moreau was painted by David Kpobi, a pre-novice in Ghana.  It may very well be the largest painting of Father Moreau anywhere in the world.

It was on the Christmas card that Father Bob Gilmour sent us all.

Pictured along with Bob are four pre-novices: Stephen Aidoo, Raymond Frimpong, Stephen Arthur, and David Kpobi.

In Cd. Guadalupe, our professed renewed their vows at the 8:00 p.m. Sunday Youth Mass at La Luz After the five renewed their vows, Paulino Antonio received the minor ministry of lector.  The perpetually professed Holy Cross sisters, brothers, and priests also renewed their vows.

The Professed who renewed their vows: Paulino Antonio, Mario Guzmán, Javier Herminio, Alfredo Olvera, and Luis Antonio Pérez.  Sr. Mica, CSC is to his right. Fr. Daniel Panchot, Fr. John Korcsmar, and Paulino Antonio during Paulino's lector ceremony.
The perpetually professed confirm their vows.  

In the novitiate in Lima, Peru Carlos Jacobo de los Santos made his first profession.  The occasion was covered by our overseas reporter, Fr. Len Collins who received his vows.

On January 2, Father Len Collins flew to Lima with Mauricio, Esmelin and Angel, our three new novices. On the third and the fourth, there was a tour of Lima for the young men with Len acting as guide. Then on the 5th, it was off to the novitiate in Huaycan. The profession and reception ceremonies took place on the 6th, the feast day of Brother Andre. 50 people attended the Profession Mass, celebrated by Father Jaime Phalan and concelebrated by CSC priests and priests who had worked with the men during the year. There were many religious present as well. Len received the vows of our newest Mexican professed, Carlos Jacobo de los Santos. After a fine meal, the reception was held. Father Bill Persia, the District Superior of Peru, welcomed 10 young men into the novitiate. There are three from Mexico, three from Peru, two from Colombia and one each from Brazil and Chile. Please keep these men in your prayers.

The morning of the 7th, was spent by Carlos and Len in downtown Lima, visiting churches and looking for some small gifts to bring back to Mexico. Len was amazed when the guard at the Cathedral door greeted him as Padre Leonardo. The lady in the San Martin de Porres gift shop wished Carlos and Len a safe trip to Mexico and it was. Bill Persia took Len and Carlos to the airport at 11 PM for their 1:05 AM departure for Mexico. Everything was on time and after a change of planes in Mexico City, Carlos and Len arrived in Monterrey at 9 AM to be greeted by Father Dan Panchot, Mario and Carlos' family. Needless to say, it was a great reunion.  And, of course: A Good Time Was Had by All!!!





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