La Salette America
Fr. Phil Salois, M.S.

Fr. Phil Salois, M.S., was selected to be one of 70 Commissioners on the Truth Commission for Conscience in War Conference which took place on March 21-22, 2010 at the Riverside Church in New York City.

This gathering was designed to launch a major nationwide conversation about freedom of conscience for members of our nation's armed forces. As the program flier states: “We owe this to our service members and their families, to our faith communities, and to our nation.” 
On that site is the list of Witnesses and Subject Matter Experts from whom they heard testimonies. Then began a six-month national conversation which will result in the publishing of a White Paper for the Department of Defense on the subject of morality of war and Conscientious Objection to wars deemed immoral. As Fr. Phil says, “It was an interesting mix of people attending. I am looking forward to this ongoing experience.”

Milford_Iowa_014.jpgSince the coming of the La Salette Missionaries to North America, we have served as Missionaries in several places across this continent. One such place was rural Milford, Iowa. Recently an alumnus asked about our ministry there. The following history is given in response to his question.

The climax of our Midwestern foundations was witnessed in September 1941 with the opening of the new La Salette Missionary College, at Milford, Iowa, in the Sioux City diocese. The Seminary was situated on the shores of West Okoboji Lake, a beautiful blue water lake in one of the most picturesque regions of the Midwest. The spot was formerly known as the Casino Terrace Park. The building and adjoining property of 27 acres were presented to the La Salette Fathers by the late Dr. H. O. Green of Spencer, Iowa.

burning-shed.jpgFire at Attleboro La Salette Shrine
by George W. Rhodes,
Sun Chronicle Staff, Attleboro, MA, May 6, 2010.

Two sheds at La Salette Shrine, including one that held fond memories of friendship and Christmas, were destroyed late Wednesday afternoon by an arsonist who struck in broad daylight.

Three sheds, which housed greeters and concessions during the shrine’s Festival of Lights every Christmas season, were set ablaze. The third was badly damaged and it couldn’t be determined immediately if it’s salvageable, La Salette maintenance supervisor Adam Steed said. The fire was reported at 5:11 p.m.

Former La Salette, Fr. Eduardo Nevares, to become Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

Eduardo Nevares

The Phoenix Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Sun, quotes Fr. Nevares as saying: “With just one phone call, your life changes. In the seminary, I’m surrounded by all sorts of doctors of theology. I never expected to be named a bishop.” While Bishop-elect Nevares is Hispanic and grew up speaking both English and Spanish, Bishop Olmsted stressed that he will be “a bishop for everyone.” “I’m the baby of five,” Bishop-elect Nevares said. “My parents would speak to us in Spanish. But among us kids, we’d always speak English.”

Fr. Eduardo Nevares is well-known to the La Salette Missionaries since he was a member of our community for twenty-five years, having been educated in our seminaries in Jefferson City, MO, Belleville, IL, Altamont, NY and Ipswich, MA. He entered the La Salette novitiate in 1976, professing his first vows in 1977 and his final vows in 1980. He completed his theological studies at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, MO, in 1981.

St Claire of Assisi School_some of 350
refugee students from Port-au-Prince

Returned from his April 7 to 14 pilgrimage to Port-au-Prince in Haiti after experiencing first-hand the

widespread devastation wrought by the January 12 earthquake. La Salette Father Bernard Baris, pastor of Our Lady of the Cape Parish in Brewster, writes in his latest "Haiti Journal 2010".

“It's Sunday, April 18. It's cloudy on the Cape (Cod) and cool — about 50 degrees. But everything is bright and green. The forsythia and daffodils are still in bloom as when I left. The tulips are about to bloom in their varied colors. It seems that the images I carry in my head of Haiti are but a dream — some, a very bad dream. But as I type these reflections, I know all is real. I know that our brothers and sisters in Haiti depend on us and we on them to teach important lessons in life.”

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La Salette Missionaries, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas

Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.

Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.

Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”