January 21, 2009

  • Kirstin got back on Monday night from a mission trip to Monto, Honduras.  There’s a village (I suppose you’d call it) of fifteen families – about fifty homes – an hour away in the Honduran mountains, and there is a chapel being constructed that is going to be dedicated to Donald.  Kirstin had hoped to have it called the Chapel of the Loving Father, but the bishop said they really prefer it to be named after an official saint, and though we’re confidant Don is indeed with Christ, there’s unfortunately no “official” Saint Donald.

    His middle name is Ray, though, and it turns out a well-known saint down there is Raymundo, so the name of the chapel will be San Raymundo, because of Don.  There will be a plaque with info about him and a photo.  It’s in the process of being constructed, and here are some photos I filched from Kirstin’s Facebook page:

    This is something!  It’s the men mixing concrete for it:

    Don_chapel_concrete

    No concrete mixers there, by jingo.  It’s done the old-fashioned way. 

    Don_chapel

    Don_chapel_door

    Note the nice steps:

    Don_chapel_stairs

    The man in the black clericals is Bishop Muldoon, and the man in the maroon shirt is Father Celio.  Here’s a photo of it sort of in context, as it were:

    Don_chapel_2

    It will be dedicated when Kirstin goes back in July.  It’s wonderful to think of Don being remembered in a remote village in Honduras!  He did like Central America when we were there, and had hoped to return some day.

    Thanks for thinking of this, Kirstin. 

Comments (4)

  • Great pictures. Bring back memories. I was on a trip to Haiti 22 years ago this month, and one of the things we did was help build a small church. (Actually two, in two different locations — laid the foundation of one, put the roof on another.) I remember personally mixing the concrete mortar exactly that way!

  • Anne, that’s just awesome. What a glory to God, and what a message to you that God is indeed with you, both in the honor given Don, and in your additional comfort that He brought back Kirstin safely.

  • This is very cool.

  • That’s wonderful, Anne. I, too, have mixed concrete in this manner … in La Ceiba Honduras. Fun, heavy work, that.

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