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Reflections on Community, Part I

Posted by on May 1, 2010 at 1:27 am
Category:Mission Trip

¬†Those who attended the 11AM Mass this past Sunday heard Fr. Taillon speak about the strength of the Dominican faith community, specifically in the village where we served. Not only did Fr. Taillon have the opportunity to celebrate 9 baptisms and the anointing of the sick, but also had the privilege of praying with the community as they mourned the loss of a young man named Eddy. For the missionaries from 2009, Eddy was a friend and came around often to help with their work projects and to play basketball. His death was sudden and tragic and it was much more than coincidence that our group and Fr. Taillon were in the village this past week. Invited by one of Eddy’s friends, Fr. Taillon, Dr. Ohnmacht, and Pilar visited the family’s home during the wake and were able to pray with Eddy’s grieving mother. On Thursday morning, Fr. Taillon celebrated the funeral. He returned to the orphanage afterwards astounded by the beauty and strength of the villagers- the love they had for one another and the very real faith that they shared. Despite the little they have in our eyes, they are rich beyond our knowing.

Below is a photo of Eddy with missionary Amberly from 2009.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon Him.
May he rest in peace.


Written by Sarah Cullen


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