Hello everyone! I arrived safely yesterday morning (9/29) and was met by my new religious superior, Padre Anibal Vera,C.M. He is a kind and generous man, and took good care of me. We stopped on teh way home and picked up Sr. Luisa, a franciscan who collaborates with the CMs on projects. We dropped my things off at home, had a little mate (coca tea) for the altitude,and hurried off to Mass at the Missionaries of Charity center (the MCs are Mother Tersa’s group). Back home, I unpacked and took a long rest. At about 7 in the evening, I had more mate and a little fruit — I am advised to eat lightly and drink lots of water for the first three days. I was in bed again by nine for a full nights sleep without interruption.

I woke at six, and , not knowing what time Anibal would rise, happily remained in my warm be. It gets cold at night (below 40 F) and the house is not heated except by little space heaters. My room, with the heater, is about 55F — perfect for sleeping under warm wool and alpaca blankets.

Today we visited with the Ladies of Charity in La Paz for the opening of th jubillee year. There was a short reception afterwards. I forgot my camera! Then we went to lunch (chinese). Tonight, a short visit with the Bishop. I’ll take some pictures this week, adn post them as soon as I get a broadband card and a cell phone chip.

I feel great, I miss you, but things look exciting. The people are wonderfully welcoming. I’ll write again soon with pictures.

Lots of love.
Rev. Aidan R. Rooney, C.M
Sit khitimpis sarnaqta, ukat sam khititasa (Aymara: Tell me who you hang with and I’ll tell you who you are.)