The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

due to what some might call popular demand, and others might refer to as badgering and harassment, i have taken a load of pictures of the rectory: thus begins the visual tour.

part i examines the exterior and ground floor of the rectory. please notice that the front of the rectory has a nice garden and a slew of wires running down the front. the side yard normally houses 4 trucks. the 250 gallon water tank is used to get water from the river when the water source goes down. the backyard is well shaded, and the rocks are raked regularly.

the laundress, virtudes, keeps our clothes clean with a propane washer and electric dryer. the garage covers the community television as well as a couple of doves, 4 motos (of which only one currently functions), the ironing board, tools, one parrot, inverters with batteries, and the 1.5 kw generator.

moving along to the kitchen, please observe the sink, propane stove and non-functional oven, toaster oven, and nearly impotent microwave oven. the dining area and pantry are self-explanatory.

the five-gallon water jugs are critical for survival - we get deliveries every other week. the main office houses three computers used for teaching class, the parish books, printers, copier, and secretary.

the second installment of the rectory tour will include the upstairs/living area and the roof.

you may view the actual pictures here: the rectory, part i

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