Sunday, August 3, 2014

A great evening

     This past Tuesday evening a group of guys who attended the former Saint Francis Seminary in Loretto, Pennsylvania, gathered in Duquesne, Pa, at the rectory of  Christ the Light of the World parish for a meal and a time of just getting together.  We gathered there in order to visit Father Dennis Colamarino, a classmate and the pastor there for thirty one plus years.  Every time his term came due, rather than be moved he was given an additional parish.  Dennis is dealing with Lou Gehrig disease and is being forced to slow down a little, but is determined to continue to do what he can to minister to his parish family, who have grown to love him.  So, some of us touched base and brought food and drink with us on our visit. 

     Dennis is the one above in the yellow shirt.  Along with him is John Prosperi (directly behind Dennis).  John, from Altoona, chose not to be ordained but has lived his life with a great love and devotion to the Church and keeps the class informed on events and happenings.  To the right of him is Father Albie Schempp who serves as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.  To his right is Father Dave Schorr who is pastor of Resurrection in West Mifflin, to his right Father Joe Mele of Pittsburgh who has served in so many capacities in that diocese that I'm not sure what his present title is.  Next to him in the pink shirt is Father Chet Raimer, our good friend but not classmate, who is one of our (Greensburg) retired priests.  And, of course, yours truly.
     This was one of those quickly thrown together happenings that proved to be great fun and very enjoyable.  We told stories, we laughed, we carried on, and we ate and drank well.  It was a blessed evening and as John captioned with this picture that he sent to us - "A great time was had by all".

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