Saturday, May 2, 2009

Welcome to May

I've been away from the blog for a few days, mostly because I came away from the surgical mission with a cold which got complicated by a bad reaction to medication - spent a couple of days mostly not moving much. Glad to say I'm now back to normal! I spent some of that down time talking with Peggy O'Neill about my move to Suchitoto this month - here's a photo of Peggy showing our Eye Surgery Mission team plans for the Centro Arte de la Paz in Suchitoto.

El Salvador is entering in to the winter rainy season, which has brought some very welcome cooling after tremendous heat last week. At this point, the rains are very obliging, coming in the early evening with thunder and lightning and fresh breezes. I'm told that we're not entirely into the rainy season yet, that the rain will probably disappear for a few days and then come back again.

Yesterday was an important holiday here, as it is in most of the world - International Workers Day - and there were big parades in El Salvador, an especially joyful celebration this year as an FMLN (Farabundo Marti Liberacion Nacional - the coalition of the political left) President will take office in just a month.

May 1st is also a Feast Day for my community, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (yes, there's clearly a connection with International Workers Day), and yesterday our new Congregation Leadership Team celebrated the work of Sisters Sheila Lemieux and Terry Donohue over the past six years and began their term in office. May all their time together be richly blessed!

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