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Vol 2, No. 1 - February 2006


"In my ministry, I also count on children's prayer and their active participation in the mission of the Church" - Pope Benedict XVI
On the Feast of the Epiphany, after praying the Angelus with 50,000 pilgrims and numerous children who went to St. Peter's Square to see the three wise men, the Holy Father mentioned that Missionary Childhood Day was also observed on the feast of the Epiphany.

SOLT Mission Development Gives Children Chance to Help Build a New Mission in Ghana, Africa

Fr. Rogel Rosalinas, SOLT General Priest Servant, and Sister Agnes

The Mission
The SOLT missionary team has been asked to build a rectory, convent and lay missionary house to help in developing a remote mission parish.  Future plans include a small clinic to address the many unment medical needs of the area.  Many of the people in this region currently practice Muslim and Animist religions.                                  


Bishop Philip Naameh of the Diocese of Damongo in Ghana has invited the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity to start a new mission in August, 2006 in one of the most remote and poor areas of his Diocese.  The Bishop has said that SOLT will need $100,000 to build a rectory, a convent and a house for lay missionaries.  In addition to appealing to adults, Fr. James Kelleher, Director of SOLT Mission Development, is traveling the country speaking to Catholic school children and inviting them to be coworkers of St. Joseph through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

In June 2005, Fr. Rogel Rosalinas, Fr. Gerry Sheehan, Fr. Edgar Barrameda, Sr. Helen de la Pena, Sr. Agnes Abordo, and Susie Zook of SOLT visited the Diocese of Damongo in Ghana at the request of Bishop Philip Naameh.  Our team participated in the annual one-week Diocesan Pastoral Planning Session with the Bishop, priests, sisters and lay people of the Diocese. 

Sr. Helen de la Pena, Fr. Gerry Sheehan, Sr. Agnes Abordo, Fr. Edgar Barrameda, and Susie Zook



At St. Rita's Catholic School in Ft. Worth, Texas, the eighth grade class recently made a donation of $40 from their candy store profits to become a building block for God in Ghana.  The fifth graders from the same school made personal sacrifices and sent Fr. Jim a check for $11.15.


The sixth, seventh and eighth graders from All Saints Catholic School in Ft. Worth sent a money order for $100 made out to "Be a Building Block for God in Ghana."  In Chandler, AZ, the seventh and eighth graders are working to raise $100 and $500, respectively.

Fr. Jim believes that the prayer, fasting and almsgiving of the children will be blessed a hundredfold by God and others will be inspired by the children's sacrifices to become partners with St. Joseph in this new mission.
Be a Building block for God in Ghana Through Prayer, Sacrifice & Almsgiving.  Pray for Ghana and send a donation of your choice for one building block for the Society of Our Lady's new mission in Ghana.

Russian Advance Team
Studies Language & Culture
for Six Weeks in Vladivostok
During Summer of 2005
Our team lived on campus and studied at one
of the top Russian language institutes for for-
eigners with students from China, North &
South Korea, and Japan.


Left to right (back row) Brother John Gaffney, Fr. Zachary Shallow, Fr. Jim Kelleher, Marianne Siegmund, (Middle row) Nancy Hunter, Sylvia Mayes, Sr. Amata Aumell, Sr. Bo Kim (First row) Mark Tamiesa and Sr. Katherine Malmros, SOLT


Eucharistic Procession on
The Feast of Corpus Christi
Fr. Zachary and Fr. Jim pray
with Fr. Myron Effing and
Parishioners at Holy Mother
of God Catholic Chruch. 
Fr. Myron and his assistant,
Fr. Dan Mauer, have been
working in Russian since 1993,
shortly after the Soviet Union
was dissolved.



Fr. Jim and Brother John with Bishop Kirill Klimovich from Irkutsk, Eastern Siberia.  Bishop Kirill has invited the Society of Our Lady to found a permanent mission in His Diocese.


Far Eastern National University
It is the oldest (1899), the largest (30,000+ students), and the highest ranked university in Eastern Russia.  It is considered one of the top five Russian universities.



"Picture a San Francisco landscape with Mexico City-like traffic, pockets of shantytown and ten foot-soldiers marching to the beat of the Immaculate Heart, with rosary in hand and gray habits flapping from the winds up from Vladivostok Bay.  Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday the troops venture out from a morning of intensive language study across the city to Holy Mother of God Church...for at least two hours of Eucharistic Adoration followed by the Holy Mass.  I get the sense that Pope John Paul II is with us during these treks and in this Year of the Eucharist is very please at last to be on Russian soil."   Mark Tamisiea of Dallas, Texas.

"I would like to share a special grace Our Lady gave on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  After dinner, Fr Jim and I were walking ad we ran into a young man named Dennis who spoke English and who Fr. Jim had met the previous year.  As we retuned to the Cathedral, a young woman approached us and asked the time.  Fr. Jim took the opportunity to give her a Miraculous Medal.  Fr. Jim had Dennis explain to her that Our Lady loved her and would help her.  As Dennis translated for this young woman, tears rolled down her face.  She expressed in sign language that she would get a chain to wear it around her neck.  She told us she was a drug addict.  We bought her something to eat and Dennis told her he would help her get to a drug rehab center.  It was a powerful moment on the Feast of Our Lady."   Br. John Gaffney, SOLT

"As we were walking along the beach, I saw two Russian girls taking pictures.  I pulled out two Miraculous Medals, handing them to them and explaining that it was the Mother of God and she loved them very much.  They were so happy to receive the medals.  They went to get more friends and suddenly we were surrounded with children - all wanting the miraculous medal"    Sr. Bo Kim, SOLT

Do you want to be a co-worker of St. Joseph and Our Lady? Your prayers, sacrifices and almsgiving are crucial to our success. Click HERE to find out more about how you can help.

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