Cement, Laughter and a Baptism
|We can now mix cement
with the best of them!
Editor: As he has done for many years, Fr. Ted Brown, M.S., Campus Minister at Long Island University, has led a group of his college students to work with the poor in Mexico. Here is one of the blogs of those participating in this yearly mission of mercy. Why not read reflections from others as well!
Yesterday we went to two different work sites for work. One group went back to Norma's house and another group met Ofelia and her family. At her house we continued to dig a trench in her backyard, laid bricks (building the walls of the home) and tied steel reinforcement bar (re-bar) into the cement.
It was a hard day with sore muscles, but with continued energy from the uplifting orphanage experience and the support of friends we pushed through the pain.
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Keeping faithful watch, this revered image of Mary has stood at the entrance to La Salette Seminary (formerly Attleboro Springs Sanatorium), welcoming generations of brothers, priests, seminarians, pilgrims and visitors, inviting all still to submit to Christ's gentle sway as it does today.
|The Solomon's Sanatorium, which became
the La Salette Seminary, Attleboro, MA.
James Solomon was gathering herbs and roots in the woods on this property for herbal remedies that he concocted and peddled. Although he was known as Dr. Solomon, he was not a medical doctor, but his dream was to build a great sanatorium on this spot where people would come to be healed of cancer. In 1894 an engineer surveyed the grounds and by March of 1901 the walls stood in place to receive the giant roof, and a local businessman pledged the necessary financial backing to complete the project. The sanatorium cost $400,000 to build!
On April 25, 1903 Solomon's "Sanatorium was dedicated and the statistics in the day" program included this information: bricks: 475,709; windows: 309; panes of glass: 3,254; fireplaces: 21; rooms: 200; electric wire: 27 miles.
The order of the day included a band concert on the Attleboro Common followed by a parade from the center of town. A contemporary account describes the event: With the coming of the dark, Dr. Solomon's dream sprang to life in a great blaze of electrical splendor; 1,800 electric lights outlined the exterior of the building, while an immense searchlight mounted on the roof threw its slender, graceful finger of light over four miles.
Unfortunately, in the years to follow lack of funds resulting in changes of ownership was to form a pattern. In 1919, when the Methodist Church purchased it, the name was changed to Attleboro Springs, due to the natural spring on the grounds and it was under that name that it shut down in 1938.
About La Salette Seminary
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Fr. René Bisaillon’s Anniversary
Editor of Hawaii Catholic Herald: Father René Bisaillon, a retired Missionary of our Lady of La Salette in residence at St. Theresa Church in Kekaha, Kauai, was listed among those celebrating jubilee years of their religious professions and ordinations in the Hawaii Catholic Herald. Father “Biz,” as he is affectionately known, came to Hawaii in 1991 after more than 30 years of missionary work in the Philippines. This year marks his 60th year as a La Salette missionary. He wrote the following reflection of the occasion of this anniversary.
|Fr. René in his early years serving in the Philippines
I was born March 17, 1931, in Cohoes, N.Y., son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonel Bisaillon. I was ordained on April 25, 1959. On Sept. 19, I went to the Philippines. I soon found out that Filipinos had three great qualities: faith, love and happiness, though poor.
The people accepted me right away. And the Lord was with me those 32 years. The weather was hot, but I adjusted before long. I said Mass in the towns where I lived, and the near and far barrios by jeep, on foot, through muddy roads, etc.
In Gamu, Isabela, many people had tuberculosis. I drove many to the doctors, some recovered, some died. Almost miraculously I never caught that disease!
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La Salettes with Youth in Brazil
|(from left) La Salettes: Bro. Flávio Jardim,
Fr. Edegard Silva Júnior, Fr. Isidro Perin,
Provincial, and Bros. Jean Carvalho
and Claudir Costenaro.
Fr. Edegard Silva Júnior, m.S., together with other Brazilian La Salettes, take seriously their mission of tending “Mombitaba House” – which in the Tupi Guaraní language means “resting place”. This house is in the Taizé Community neighborhood in Alagoinhas, Bahia, Brazil, located on the east-central shore of Brazil.
Among other activities that were developed, they decided to create a blog as a space for sharing, giving the La Salettes and youth access to a shared virtual world. They have let youth know that the La Salettes are open to their comments and contributions.
As reconcilers, they want to join with those who want to understand and love our youth and exchange knowledge between sometimes very different ways of living. La Salettes want to retain a youthful heart and continue to dream and to fight for a better world.
From the moment that the Conference of Religious of Brazil (CRB) took the initiative in addressing the issue of youth in 2010, the religious have offered some information and approaches to help in their own reflection on and discussion of this challenging reality of youth and their quest for faith. Their efforts are aimed not only at encouraging their country’s churches, congregations and youth ministers to welcome more youth back to church, but also simply meeting with youth wherever they are. They feel strongly that youth should have a place in the heart of all Catholic people!
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