An Eye-Opening Experience

Fr. Ted leads a yearly student-week to work for the poor in Mexico

ted_baptise.jpgWe had a great day looking at the topic of homelessness and housing and spending a second day at Mercy Center. Our morning consisted of heading to Valley Lodge which sounds like a place you go to ski, but is actually a home for those over 50 who find themselves homeless. Laura Jergenson who is the home’s director covered several aspects of the city’s policies, several of which aren’t exactly helpful to the plight of the homeless.

Later that same theme was reiterated by Laura Jervis, a Presbyterian Minister who is the executive director for the West Side Federation for the Homeless. She builds “permanent affordable housing” for the aged poor and started the federation herself.

In the evening we met Fr. Ted Brown, M.S., from Long Island University who led us on our venture “into the streets.” We saw much of the statistics that our earlier site leaders spoke of, namely:


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Fr. Phil Salois, M.S., On A National Truth Commission

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.”

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Our La Salette Seminary in Milford, Iowa

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.

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Fire at La Salette Attleboro Shrine

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.

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Fr. Eduardo Nevares: New Auxiliary Bishop for Phoenix

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.

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