I hope all is well with you. I enjoyed your Lenten reflection. How amazing that the novitiate is returning to Marist College. I do remember Dr. Kirk although I never had him as a professor. I think the choice of returning the novitiate to Marist is good as it will give novices a fine grasp of Marist history and the opportunity to be around young people. I was in the first Contact group who did not live in Esopus, but I remember seeing Bob Ferrari, Bill McCluskey, Ray Pasi, Bob Clark and Jeff Johnson on campus - I could be forgetting a few. I always enjoyed seeing them in the mansion. I have many fond memories of the mansion for Triduums, personal retreats and when I initially had the RC women's fall retreats in the late 70's and early 80's before Mr. Rich bought that side of the property. I was saddened when that part of the property was sold, and I remember having a nice meal with him and some of the brothers - I think it was the first time I ate chili.
I saw Patrick a few weeks back as he came to mass at my parish, St. Francis Xavier in NYC on 16th Street. 2 weeks ago Chris and I visited Chicago and spent wonderful time with Hank. I wanted Chris to see so much of my Marist history and the wonderful work the few brothers and the faculty are doing there. I loved seeing all of the Marcellin quotes on various walls in the school. I also had time to reconnect with a classmate of mine who teaches at DePaul. I am now fully retired as of last month, as I stayed on as a consultant to assist my seniors with their college journeys. Chris continues to teach in the grad ed program at Fordham part time. He teaches 2 classes a semester.
I am glad there is still a visible presence of the FMS at Marist with Frank and Michael in campus ministry.
Are you the novice director now?
Thanks once again for your assistance with getting papal blessings. My parents and Chris' parents have passed away, so we have the blessings here in our home.
Occasionally we would run into Ben at church, and I hope he has a good experience being on the Council. Maybe he will follow in your footsteps and become Superior General!
Brother Sammon - Best wishes on your retirement. You did a lot of good at RC.
Matt Dobson ‘81
Advent Reflections 2017