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

a couple of years ago i was speaking with a friend of mine about the possibility of having a family move down here to show the people that a family can actually attend Mass together and set an example that you do not need to be 70 years old to get married in the church and have a grace-filled life. he and his wife prayed about it and spoke to a couple of friends about the possibilities and then his wife found out she was pregnant, and that pretty much cancelled any plans they had about moving down here. however, through the grace of God, one of the couples to whom they had mentioned this began to pray about it and decided, prior to discovering that my friend's wife was pregnant, that God was calling them to volunteer for two years here in the mission. as i mentioned above, their primary aim is to set an example of a holy, happy family. secondarily, dave will help take care of all the communications with the groups that come down and use the skills he acquired in the army to help us operate this somewhat massive set-up we have. so, without further ado, i introduce to you the kirby family:

dave, virginia, stephen, sandy, and little william (the girl standing behind them is digna, a solid daily Mass attendent)


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