To the editor:
How sad I was to hear and to read (in a congregational newsletter) about the utter destruction of the Divine Word Fathers’ facilities in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. They barely escaped with their lives.
I can still remember as a young teenager visiting their facility in Hemlock, N.Y., on Hemlock Lake.
This is where young men would go to become a priest, and my mother would take me to the “open house” events to which thousands would attend from the surrounding area.
Visiting the Grottoes, built by the hands of the seminarians, and seeing the O-Neh-Da Vineyards where the Diocese’s altar wine originated were full of exciting memories.
These trips awakened my mind and heart that we are all brothers and sisters regardless of race.
So I started helping the Bay St. Louis Seminary which made priests to serve the Southern Black Missions.
I remember asking the Courier-Journal (an earlier name for this newspaper) one time to let everyone know they needed scholastic and religious books, and they thanked me for all that was sent.
Now they need our help again to restore their retreat house and other facilities lost to Hurricane Katrina.
Please send all donations to Society of the Divine Word, 1985 Waukegan Rd., Techny, IL 60082 and mark your gift “Bay St. Louis ‚Äì Hurricane Relief.”