Another Year Begins

Although I might be headed home this year to serve again in the Eastern Province (no, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing yet or where!), my attention is still focused here in Bolivia. March is the month everything “cranks up” — the programs of education, health and nutrition which Flora Silva conducts are all springing back to life. It’s as if the constant rain makes our “soil” fertile again….

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Dreaming a Dream of College

América Ari was born and raised in the community of Ingas, which pertains to our parish of San Pedro de Mocomoco. She’s the second of four children — the eldest girl. In the Aymara culture, the eldest girl is almost always dedicated to work in the home, destined to marry early. But América was different. When we met her in catechism at age 11, she had a “spark.” That spark…

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My New Boss

I was in the States for a very busy time (preaching in Philadelphia and at our General Assembly in Chicago). Sorry if I didn’t get to see everybody 😞 So, the Assembly elected Tomaž Mavrič, CM as Twenty-fifth Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and the Company of the Daughters of Charity and the 24th successor of St. Vincent de Paul. Father Tomaž was born in Buenos Aires,…

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A Year of Collaboration

(español abajo) We’ve just begun planning for training in collaboration as part of our National Vincentian Family 2015 gathering in Bolivia. Members of VFCAP will be here to help us. But there’s no need to wait when possibilities exist in the upcoming Vincentian Family “Year of Collaboration.” There are lots of things to be done and people willing to do them! What do you do when you need help that…

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A Little Change

Just finished a nice visit to Cochabamba to give retreat to the Daughters of Charity. It’s always delightful to be with them. I also took some time to do Vincentian Family work, getting ready for our national assembly in April. Just got home, and thought I’d write.

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End of Another Year

There’s always a lot of activity at the end of the year. Added to that, it’s the end of the academic year here, too. This year Diego was “godfather” to the kindergarten in Mocomoco, so we went to enjoy their graduation day! We’ve been involved more intensively with education, formation and catechesis this year. It involves a distinct shift in priorities, dedicating much time to specific communities. The community that…

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