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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fatima: A parishioner writes on meeting Francisco's nephew

The parish pilgrimage to Fatima was a wonderful, spiritual and uplifting experience, enjoyed by all who went. We attended mass, made the Stations of the Cross, visited shrines, basilicas and cathedrals and apart from the first day, all in warm sunshine.

We had a free day and a small group decided to visit the home of Francisco and Jacinta, as it had been closed on the day we visited the home of Lucia.

We went into the living room where there was an old gentleman sitting quietly in a corner. We said "hello" and shook his hand. He showed us the family portrait, hanging on the wall, and explained who everyone was. He told us that his own father was Francisco's brother. He was so gracious and patient answering all our questions, even though he must have been asked the same questions thousands of times before. We were allowed to take photographs, so now we have a lovely reminder of that amazing meeting.

We felt so very happy as we came away. Not only had we seen the home of Francisco and Jacinta we had also met their nephew.


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Blogger Angelina de Maria said...

Father John Boyle I send with very bendicion One of the latest occurrences of the Virgin Mary in its advocacion Virgen Maria Nuestra Señora of the Holy Eucharist in a humble city northeast of Argentina...bendiciones,Father...i apologise for my english!!! My e-mail is: and my blog is

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Blogger Jackie Parkes said...

My 10th child..8th daughter is named Jacinta...everyone loves her name & she has the sweetest temperament too.

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