Letters from Fr. Don Kenny
By: Anne Schultz | Last Updated: 08/06/2012 16:12
St. Thomas is a member of Quito Barrio Outreach (www.QuitoBarrioOutreach.org) in support of Fr. Don Kenny’s mission work in Quito, Ecuador. (Fr. Don is a prior St. Thomas Pastor.) Below are two excerpts from his latest letters with links to read the entire letters
July 11, 2012 Letter
Dear friends: First I’ll describe my adventure in the “the Orient” which is what Ecuadorians call the part of their country east of the Andes Mountains, the rainforest or jungle, with tributaries which eventually join tributaries in Brazil to form the Amazon River. On Monday I flew by Tame, our small Ecuadorian airline, to Lago Agrio, a small town in the jungle, and stayed there overnight in a hotel.
The tourist agency was supposed to take me by taxi to a bus terminal on Tuesday morning, but they forgot about me. I would have been stranded, but, by incredible luck, another agency had sent a taxi to pick up four people at the hotel, but only three were there. A man named Sali Mohammed was missing. They all agreed that this was another name for Don Kenny (!), so I left with them, first on a two-hour bus ride, where I saw this part of the country. Click here to read the entire letter.
July 19, 2012 Letter
Now I will describe the last big happening. The people at Rancho Alto have always celebrated on Saturday night with the groups who came down and lived in the places here … I knew that they would do so for Marmion again as well. … Sister Rosa had told me that there would be something said about my tenth anniversary as a missionary (I left the U.S. to be a foreign missionary on July 16, 2002.) … Then after Communion I saw a huge picture of me on the wall, which I hadn’t noticed. Then they set up a power point, i.e., a slide show, about things I have accomplished here: clinic, soup kitchen, education center, Miguelito, things in Mirador, in the chapel. They put up some of my usual sayings, and some of my goofy sayings. Then people talked and thanked me.
Then after Mass the outside show began. There must have been ten music groups. Yaware came back, with Juan and his beautiful voice; a mariachi band; Riocío Macancela and her Loyola traditional dance group; the AfroEcuadorians; our own youth dancers; then our youth combined with Marmion kids; then Marmion by itself, some singers from Mirador; skits. It went on for a long time, with constant opportunities for everyone to dance. There were gifts for me and again words of thanks. I felt appreciated and loved. Click here to read the entire letter.