Father Rick 2-21-2010

2/21/2010
What Family Means During Lent
Dear Friends,
Lent is meant to be a heavy time. The dark of winter, the recognition of sin and personal failing, the seeking of penance and self-discipline. This takes place during the period of the sun lengthening to full light at spring, which is the rich symbol of the victory of light in resurrection. Our lent begins with three heavy darknesses.

Father Rick 2-12-2010

1/19/2010
Now I am holding the one who cannot feel me hold her
Hello Dear Friends,
These words are from an Italian song, it means more or less: Now I am holding the one who cannot feel me hold her.
These words are strong for me now that my mother has died.
Hearing desperation in my fathers voice yesterday on the phone that my mother needed me in order to die in peace,
I drove all night last night from Haiti to the Dominican Republic arriving there today at 5 AM thanks to Kieran and his team, and thanks to Vern and Mary Sue Conaway I flew to Connecticut, arriving at 1 PM today.

Father Rick 1-19-2010

1/19/2010
Now I am holding the one who cannot feel me hold her
Hello Dear Friends,
These words are from an Italian song, it means more or less: Now I am holding the one who cannot feel me hold her.
These words are strong for me now that my mother has died.
Hearing desperation in my fathers voice yesterday on the phone that my mother needed me in order to die in peace,
I drove all night last night from Haiti to the Dominican Republic arriving there today at 5 AM thanks to Kieran and his team, and thanks to Vern and Mary Sue Conaway I flew to Connecticut, arriving at 1 PM today.

Father Rick 1-15-2010

1/15/2010
Hello Friends,
After driving by night to Kennedy Airport January 12th, and flying to the Dominican Republic January 13th, Conan and I arrived to Haiti this morning in the helicopter of the President of the Dominican Republic. This ride was due to the reputation of NPH in the Dominican Republic, NPH Italy, a reputation enhanced in the DR by Andrea Bocelli not long ago.

Father Rick 1-12-2010

1/12/2010
Dear Friends
I have been home with my dying mother, as a son and as a doctor and as a priest. Daily mass, managing her pain medicines, helping in any way I can. I was determined to stay with her to the end, especially since my whole adult life I have been far from home in the foreign missions.
I have to tell you, every day at mass, when I ask mom if she has any special intentions, she says, "for you, for God to keep you strong, and for your mission in Haiti."