The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Thursday, October 16, 2003
Saints in Ohio

I am still pretty tired, exhaused. I am a bit detail overwhelmed. There is still much to do, but no way to do it here in the midst of rural Ohio. The HRI conference ended today. It was quite successful. Then I spent the afternoon visting the shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein, and then on to St. Charles where I visted Br. Theophane to pick up some books, then on to Fr. Milton Ballor to see what pursuits he was up to, and then to Fr Ray Cera and Fr. Tony Gamble.

Fr. Cera is a saint. In the midst of his health difficulties these past months, to see that glowing smile once again was truly a delight. Whenever you see me post a quote or a letter from St. Gaspar, know that it is from Fr. Cera's tireless efforts that we have all these letters in English. And he is still doing the translating work. What a wonder and an inspiration every time I visit him! He always knows where I am and what I am doing because he checks this blog regularly and he has been very affirming about my work. I want to take this opportunity to publically thank him because he has enabled me to do so much because of his work.

Fr. Gamble is wonder as well. He has been ordained over 60 years. He drops everything when I get there just to spend some time with me. We have some wonderful saints hidden away in the cornfields of Ohio.

Fr. Ballor is always more than generous, and Br. Theophane is always a delight too. He made me aware of the new book published on the Symposium on Parish Ministry. All the talks are now published in book form and are available from St. Charles Center. It was fun to see myself in print and to see many of the pictures I took last year in the book.

In the morning I fly to Chicago. Monday I fly to California, Next Friday I go to Salt Lake City. Two more plane trips and then the surgury will keep me in one place for about three weeks.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 7:00 PM link
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