…from a short visit (12 days) to the USA. Principal objective: fundraising. I was again humbled by the generosity of individuals, groups, churches, and my own confreres, and my family — who continue to support us financially and by the gift of their prayers. We’ll be able to support more students in their quest for higher ed, provide resources for local schools, and finish our worship and formation center in Wilacala.

Since I flew in and out of JFK this time, I was warmly welcomed by the confreres there, and was able to celebrate Mass with them each morning and share meals. I was also able to visit with Fr. James Maher, C.M., and with Ms. Deanne Southwell who have been wonderfull in helping us realize Nur Gorayeb’s dream of attending St. John’s. Most of the time, I was in Philadlephia, staying at our Motherhouse in Germantown. As usual, the confreres and staff there made my stay a delightful one. In between fundraising appointments, I enjoyed life with the ‘freres, and a dinner out in Manayunk with Vincentians Bernie Tracey, Rich Rock, Miles Heinen, Bob Maloney, and Mark Elder (who was in town to work on a mural at the DePaul School in Germantown).

I also had a nice visit with my brother and my cousin Mary and her family. While visiting with my brother in Staten Island, he presented me with a custom made hiking stick to help in my travels here (he has a friend who makes them). When I get a chance to try it out, I’ll post pictures 🙂 It was good to be home, if only for a short while.