Written by Madonna House staff, Restoration is an essential part of our witness to the Gospel. Here we share our personal stories and reflections on the Gospel challenges of today, along with writings from Catherine Doherty and the Catholic Church.
Cold November days remind us of our need to persevere during the long winter ahead. May we do so joyfully as in a prayer Catherine wrote, "Lord, I throw my life at your feet, and sing and sing that I bring you such a little thing."
New Applicants: Augustine Tardiff, Mathieu Dacquay, Julie Lynch, Michele Schaeken, Joanne Slugocki.
New Local Directors: Marie-Therese McLaughlin, Roanoke; Cathy Mitchell, Toronto.
Transfers: Fr. Paul Burchat, Edmonton; Fr. Tom Talentino, Arizona; Aliz Trombitas, Russia; Petra Muller, Roanoke; Sara Matthews, England; Sushi Horwitz & Patricia Lawton; Combermere.
New Director of Training: Joanne Dionne.
Death of Associate Priests: Fr. Gilio Dipre, Fr. Robert Fox.
by Paulette Curran.
Early autumn is a beautiful time of year in this area, and the past few days have been unseasonably warm—more like August than mid-September. Also sunny. Ahhhhhhh! Weather doesn’t get better than this.
by Toni Austin.
One day this past summer, a little girl of 4 ½ with curly brown hair and hazel eyes walked into our pioneer museum. She looked all around at the artifacts of bygone days, soaking up everything. Then she asked: "Is anything here real?"
by Christopher Zakrzewski.
Many years ago, at the end of an unusually cold winter, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden departure from the priesthood of the pastor of the neighboring parish.
by Scott Eagan.
The hardest thing,
the thing I didn’t count on
in joining this big, apostolic family:
so many I love would die before me.
With every death
a part of me dies also.
The memories, the loss
are very heavy indeed.
All too often—
yet it is the Lord’s timetable—
we say goodnight to a brother, a sister, a father, a mother.
They fall asleep, trusting in Love’s mercy.
The only thing,
the thing that balances this pain,
nay, surpasses by far the separation,
is the life that was given,
The life we shared, the life we will share.
This Life is greater.
by Fr. Tom Rowland.
In 1964, I was the contented pastor of a small country parish in West Texas. One day during the early months of that year I read in an article in our diocesan newspaper that a new parish was being created by a religious order in the heart of the biggest city in the diocese.
by Fr. David May.
I didn’t know Fr. Tom for the first sixty years of his life. I met him in 1986 when he was sixty years old, when I was sent to pick him up at Logan Airport in Boston when he was returning to join Madonna House.
by Mary Catherine Rowland, Fr. Tom’s sister and fellow staff worker.
When I am asked about my brother’s priesthood what comes immediately to mind is something that happened when our father was dying and Fr. Tom was a parish priest in the diocese of El Paso, Texas.
by Pope Francis.
On a day like any other, as Matthew, the tax collector, was seated at his table, Jesus passed by, saw him, came up to him and said: "Follow me." Matthew got up and followed him.
Jesus looked at him. What power must have been in his eyes to make Matthew get up from his table!
by Kathy Snider.
At the end of a recent Sunday service, a catechist announced from the podium, "This coming Saturday, the prayer group will be praying in the desert. All are welcome."
by Catherine Doherty.
We all suffer from loneliness, one way or another.
October—the season of crisp weather, shortening days, and trees turning endless shades of yellow and red and orange.
50th Anniversary of Promises: Fr. Tom Zoeller, Arlene Becker, Diane Lefebvre
25th Anniversary of Promises: Peter Gravelle, Lisa Coxe, Catherine Lesage, Pat Probst
Assignments: Fr. Murray Kuemper, teaching moral theology at St. Peter’s Seminary; Fr. Michael Weitl, studying at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christianity, Lisa Diniz, Joanne Dionne, Dina Lingard, & Karen Maskiew, Combermere
New Local Director: Maria Cristina Coutinho, Belgium.
New Associate Priest: Fr. Michael Winn
Deaths: Peter Anzlin’s mother, Veronika; Margarita Guerrero’s father, Luis