Adventures with History!

Hello Friends!

Due to a generous donation from a parishioner, I now have a part time Administrative Assistant at Emmanuel, so Fr. Kenny and I are free to do other things.  One thing that we have wanted to do for a long time is to make what I affectionately call “a rogues’ gallery.” This is an area in a church where you hang pictures of all the past priests.  Now, Emmanuel has had a lot of priests since 1862, so I could only find 11 identifiable pictures.

Sorry Father, dolls don't get to be in the gallery.

Sorry Father, dolls don’t get to be in the gallery.

What a good looking crew...

What a good looking crew…

We can't figure out who these gentlemen are, but it seems that the one on the right is wearing a seminarian's collar.

We can’t figure out who these gentlemen are, but it seems that the one on the right is wearing a seminarian’s collar.

Fr. Kenny surveys our excellent frame-work.

Fr. Kenny surveys our excellent frame-work.

We framed all the pictures we have, but wall space at Emmanuel is at a premium (thanks 1970s architecture) so where should they go?  Father Kenny knows:

Let's move this painting!

Let’s move this painting!

Great idea, right behind the coffee hour snack table, so everyone will see!

Tah-dah!

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Hammering nails into wood panelling is really hard!

 

In searching for pictures of priests, I also found a lot of other pictures and papers, many of which are not labeled, which is a lesson for us now, always label and organize your photos/documents!  We found many pictures from 1966 as well as a typed letter regarding the 100th anniversary in 1978:

A little before our time....

A little before our time….

Fr. Bechtel led this effort.

Fr. Bechtel led this effort.

I love looking through old photos and documents, it really helps me to get a sense of the place where I am.  I wish they were labeled, but I suppose part of the fun is the investigation, right?

This past Sunday, April 12th, we had a surprise visitor, my predecessor, Fr. Domenic and his wife Annette dropped by.

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Fr. Domenic and Annette

Fr. Domenic and Annette

Fr. Domenic retired in 2013 at the young age of 92 and moved to Pennsylvania to enjoy his well deserved retirement.  It was wonderful to see them again, and we wish them safe travels home!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mo. Lauren

 

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