|With Bishop Nicholas D'Antonio, OFM,||my ordaining bishop, on the day of my ordination, May 22, 1971|
One of the real joys of these 40 years was the day I was preaching a mission in Spanish in Hialeah, FL in 2002. I was approached by a young man from Cuba, Erick Lopez, who expressed interest in joining the order. I will travel to New york tomorrow to participate in his ordination. What a blessing.
I just returned from a wonderful time in Assisi which was basically a retreat, but also a vacation. It was a time of reflection, thanksgiving and re-dedication to my life as a friar and as a priest. I pray that in whatever years I have left I will be an even better priest and servant of the needs of God's people. I know that God and God's people will continue to bless me in ways beyond my wildest imagination.