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

Bishop Loverde's brought many glad tiddings to our part of the world. None probably more exciting to both Fr. Gee and I than his blessing our latest crazy hair-brained scheme - Make Fr. Murphy a pastor. For those who may know said priest and are right now putting thoughts together for a letter to the Bishop getting him to rethink his obviously tropically influenced decision, please know he's washed his hands of the matter and rests with a clear conscience that I'm Bishop Grullón's worry. Fr. Gee is feeling a certain lightness and ease now that half of his charge is placed on the shoulders of another. The plan is to have Fr. Gee remain at his post in Bánica and its chapels and have Fr. Murphy take over the parish of San José in Pedro Santana and its chapel communities. The dynamic duo will spit pastoral duties to concern themselves with the needs of each particular parish throughtout the day, but return come dinner time to regale each other with events of his own mission field. Our harmonious "casa curial" will not suffer from the split. Nor will your ability to keep in touch with us or support the mission be effected. Bishop Loverde has also initiated a certain "Mission Task Force" to facilitate better the support back home. I guess now I, Fr. Murphy, ought to see what I can do to get Pedro Santana worked into our blogspot name The Banica Mission.


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