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Dear Oblates,

Peace to you and I hope you are doing well. Br Jim Marron’s brother, Rich, just arrived for a few days of retreat, and for some reason his arrival prompts me to update this letter. It’s time anyway…
We are all doing well here, as few as we are, and appreciate all you do for us to maintain our life, and build up the body of Christ on earth in our own little corner of the world in the Pecos valley. We have our Oblate retreat scheduled for August 31st-September 3rd, our presenter will be Judith Valente, please click on the Oblate retreat for more information. And as usual, you are welcome to stay over for the picnic on Monday, but you do need to let the guest office know ahead before you arrive and confirm with them.
Resident oblate Alicia Perez had some family commitments that required her to go home, she has moved back to Houston to do what she needs to do for her family. Our other resident oblate Marilyn Payer is on home leave and is due back in about a week or so. She is the one who keeps an eye on our seniors and is their driver for Doctor appointments etc. I look forward to her return; she relieves me of much that I would have to do if she were not here.
We have two recently arrived oblates in the village who are ever ready to help us in whatever we might need to have done here. Rick helps us out with various practical needs on the buildings, and his wife Jane helps us by preparing a lovely pot of home made soup once a week – usually on Thursday’s. We thank them for all they do for us. Jane is originally from the Philippines so she and Sr. Helen have a lot in common.
Please remember we always need you help in various ways, and you are invited to come and spend some time with us to volunteer your time and God given talents.
I pray these remaining summer weeks will be blessed for you, and remember you are in our daily prayers and in my masses.

God bless you, and thank you.

Fr. Aidan, OSB