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This weekend was the last time for Fr. Bob Wynne to celebrate with the Saturday and Sunday English communities before he takes up a new assignment in the United States. Click here to see pictures from the two farewells.
In two weeks, Fr. Bob Wynne will take up a new assignment at the Maryknoll house in Seattle, Washington. Tonight was the last time he would celebrate the liturgy with the Saturday night congregation which meets at World Vision auditorium. He spoke about his mission in Cambodia and at the end of mass the community thanked him and gave him a gift.
Pat Marrin is an artist who applies his skills to church themes connected with Pope Francis. He does a really good job of giving new insights into current issues such as the sexual abuse scandal or caring for the environment. His comic strips on Pope Francis are published twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Here is his latest strip, again taking a stance on clergy sexual abuse and the cover-up:
You can have an e-mail sent to you about each new Pope Francis cartoon by going to this address:
Heavy rains–it’s the rainy season–plus extra water from a collapsed dam in Laos have raised the river levels quite high in Phnom Penh. Bishop Olivier experienced a bit more difficulty than usual in making visits to the parishes along the river. Click here for more.
We had the opening ceremony for our religious education program today. We have a great bunch of students and really dedicated staff helping us.
DDP has become quite well known in the deaf world since 1997 and many deaf people–individuals and groups–come to see us. This past week, Hosanna Church in Busan, Korea visited. They are a deaf congregation and we had a good visit.
““A church without charity and mercy is no longer the church of God.”
~ Pope Francis
This past Sunday I had a special mass for the Salesian Sisters who were just finishing up their week-long retreat and also celebrating the 146th anniversary of their community. The retreat must have had a good effect because they were in a joyous mood at breakfast after mass!
One of the more joyful and life-giving schools in Cambodia is the Marist Brothers’ LaValla School for children with physical disabilities. They have done such an excellent job in welcoming these young people, giving them a positive identity, and equipping them with a basic education that allows them to go on to a government secondary school. Last Wednesday was graduation day for this year’s top class and it was definitely a day to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and the school.