08/20/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have often looked at my sitting room or my bedroom and said “oh my God what a mess” and after an hour or so trying to tidy it thought it looked ten times worse. These days when I walk in to the lower level of the church I…

08/13/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was growing up the first Monday in August was what we in Britain and Ireland called a Bank Holiday. Originally Bank holidays were days when the banks were closed to catch up on accounts and eventually they became public holidays but the name remained in the culture….

08/06/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My mother came to Kenya the year after my father died. I was in the first mission that had opened in Nandi District. I had just taken over a few months previously. I had taken over from one of our priests who had been there a long time, and…

07/30/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, August is knocking at the door and the bags are packed or are being packed for college. The freshmen and women are setting off on their first adventure, their first independent venture. They are uneasy nervous, but there is no way they will admit it. Parents are worried that…

07/23/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was growing up birthdays were low key. You might get some new clothes or shoes if you needed them. There were no lavish celebrations. Usually they were an ordinary day. A 21st birthday would be a little more special. As I get older I see birthdays and…

07/16/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We all need role models. Sometimes it’s a parent, a family member or a teacher, work friend or priest. They help us see the world through a different lens or encourage us to reach higher. Over the years I have always celebrated anniversaries, or milestones because sometimes when the…

07/09/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was a young kid we spent most of July, where my mother grew up. The end of June my mother would pack the suitcase and head for the train. Then we would have to walk from the railway station through the town and out the other end….

07/02/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are midway through 2017. July 1st in Canada is Canada day a celebration of all things Canadian, July 4th is USA in- dependence day as my Canadian friends remind me. They are American but not USA, but not of the USA. All that trivia aside, July 1st is…

06/25/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you read this the Totus Tuus week will be over and the young people from our parish who have attended the YLC (youth leadership conference} will be ready to return home. There are many more camps offered this summer Baseball, Soccer and Ice Hockey all of them under…

06/18/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have a picture of my father and my younger brother taken in London in the 1950’s. My father is holding tightly my two year old brother’s hand as they walk along a busy Lon- don street. We were there for the wedding of my father’s youngest sister. At…