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There was a whole lot of baking going on Oct. 31 at Mt. Airy when Fr. Dominic Garramone, a Benedictine priest who has a cooking show on public TV in Illinois, joined forces with Fr. Dan Anderson and Bro. Chris Cahill to turn out some great-looking and great-tasting breads. Dominic was in town promoting his series and his book, both called Breaking Bread with Fr. Dominic. 

Province of Saint John the Baptist recently grew to nearly 250 friars after being joined by many members of Holy Savior Province of Pennsylvania.

Cold and soggy but jubilant, parishioners at
Immaculate Conception parish in Alamogordo celebrated their 100th anniversary Oct. 6-8 with a centennial fiesta. Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces presided over an outdoor mariachi Mass that Sunday. "We welcome rain in New Mexico all the time, no matter what it does to our activities," says Pastor Bruce Hausfeld. Asked how the parish was founded, he says, "It kinda started with some families coming together and a priest riding in on a horse and buggy."

Bro. Tom Gerchak, Bro. Paschal Dierks and Fr. David Moczulski were among 100 members of the Franciscan Family in the Diocese of Pittsburgh who gathered Oct. 21 for a celebration marking the new millennium. Friars from the former Vice Province of the Holy Savior helped bring the idea for the program to reality.

Congratulations to
Fr. Jim Bok, who received the Roger Bacon Award for the Year 2000 on Oct. 29 in Cincinnati.  Jim was given an honorary diploma recognizing "his outstanding work with the students, faculty, alumni and other groups that comprise the Body Bacon."

St. Clement Parish recently celebrated its 150th year as a parish.  Archbishop Pilarczyk presided at a festive anniversary Mass before Thanksgiving. The parish is now the oldest among the parishes still staffed by SJB friars.

Fr. Murray Bodo and Fr. Jack Clark Robinson both contributed chapters to Fray Angelico Chavez: Poet, Priest and Artist, a collection of essays on the many gifts of the friar. Essays for this book, published by the University of New Mexico Press, were assembled and edited by Ellen McCracken, a professor of Spanish at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Writers explore Angelico's wide-ranging talents in fiction, poetry, architectural restoration, journalism, genealogy, translation, painting and drawing.

Fr. Fred Link was recently in Zurich visiting with Fr. Jim Fehrenbach in his little apartment outside the business district. Besides helping out at a German-speaking parish and doing translation work for the archdiocese and a nearby university, Jim also serves as pastor of the English-speaking community that rents space in St. Boniface Basilica in Munich.  "Jim has an amazing ability to be himself," Fred says of this unconventional friar.  "He is highly regarded by his parishioners, so 'at home' in Germany."  Fr. Fred also spent time with Fr. Bob Bruno at Ramstein Air Force Base. He found Bob to be "a very humble, pastoral man, devoted to the military and his priestly ministry." After racking up thousands of miles of travel, Fred has discovered that no two places are alike, as are no two friars. "It thrills me to see the high regard in which our brothers are held."

Jack Clark Robinson (OLG) and Pat McCloskey (SJB) presented their papers in Oakland, California, at a November conference sponsored by the Academy of American Franciscan History.  Jack used articles from "The Indian Sentinel" (publication of the Catholic Bureau of Indian Missions) to illustrate differing approaches to mission in the Zuni and Laguna/Acoma pueblos.  Pat's paper was entitled "Reimaging Franciscan Life: Tyrol Meets Cincinnati, 1844-61" and was based on letters exchanged among Rome, Tyrol and Cincinnati in those years.

Humbert Moster, Louis Zant, Henry Beck and Mark Gehret arrived in Jamaica in September.  They had a grand commissioning ceremony at St. Clement with Fred Link in great form as homilist.  Humbert and Louis are in Savanna-la-mar while Henry and Mark are in Negril.  A challenging but enriching undertaking.

St. Anthony Messenger's second warehouse addition is now in use and the new office building (west of the main building) is well underway--with anticipated completion by late January.  Tom Shumate, business manager for St. Anthony Messenger, is overseeing the construction as well as the installation of a new computer system.

St. Rose of Lima Church in Blanco, New Mexico, is celebrating 100 years as a parish.

Paul Leddy '63 and Richard St. John '69 recently signed in at the alumni website.  They would like to hear from classmates--you can send email to them by clicking on their names in the guest book.  Paul's father, Leo, was very active in the 3rd Order at Duns Scotus for many years.