Newsletter July 2009


For the last time, hi from a sunny and sticky Guayaquil. I say ‘for the last time’ because, with this newsletter, I am announcing that, now that I have concluded five years on the missions, my bishop has asked me to return home to Galloway Diocese. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in what has become my Latin American home.

It is with very mixed feelings that I will board the plane in August for Scotland. This newsletter, therefore, is a report of what has been happening since I last wrote in March, but also a wee look back over the five years and a reflection on your generosity towards the projects here and what that has achieved.

In this newsletter:

  • Visitors & Work

  • School Finished & Other Projects

  • So what will happen to the Charity?

  • Holy Week & Easter

  • Parish Fiesta

  • What will I remember most?

  • Thank you

  • The Final Farewell

Visitors & Work

One of the great features of the last months has been the amount of visitors from Scotland. Once I had returned from some fabulous days in Scotland celebrating the Golden Wedding of my parents, I had an almost continual procession of visitors from March until July. The interesting thing about these visitors has been  their keenness to do some work while here. Duncan from East Kilbride celebrated his 50th birthday by breaking his back labouring at the school. Paul, my cousin, added to his educational C.V. by helping the English classes at the school. Then my HCPT friends, Clare and Stuart, Dave and Jen, go their arms, elbows and foreheads dirty by painting one of the school walls. After that, one of our keen fundraisers, Joe Bradley came out with his pal Gerry and both worked down at the school – Joe in the music classes and Gerry in the Soup Kitchen. Into June came my niece Elise and her pal, Rachel – both of whom worked each day in the school teaching English and chatting with the young people at break time. And finally came my good friends, Andy and Christine, with their kids, Gerard and Christine, along with their friend, Johnny. The two Christines worked in the Nursery leading the toddlers in their activities while the men-folk took sports classes down at the school. As ever I loved having all these visitors out: with the work, they left a bit of their heart in Nueva Prosperina and the community here loved having them in their midst.


And so I come to the final farewell from Nueva Prosperina. What does the future hold? For this Parish there will be a new priest appointed immediately I am away, he is a local Diocesan priest. So I think we can take pride in the fact that we have been able to build up the Parish so quickly and hand it over in just five years. For me, I am looking forward to returning to my Diocese of Galloway. Before I take up an October appointment, I will be preaching for the St. James’ Society, then cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for our missionary work here. Then, after that exertion, I will go on a spiritual retreat.

Departure date is set for the 12 August and, although I will shed many tears over my great friends and the fulfilling time I have had here, I know that I am not saying a definite ‘Adios (Goodbye forever)’ but simply a ‘Hasta la Vista (until the next time)’. May God continue to shed his many abundant blessings on our Nueva Prosperina family.

Read the full July 2009 Newsletter here:

A4 Newsletter _July 2009_

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