Fr. Juan to Serve as Director of Development for the Southern Province

As you may know, we, the Dominican friars, have a newly elected Prior Provincial, fr. Tom Condon, O.P. and a new council of six friars for the Southern Province. About two weeks ago, fr. Condon and his council called to ask me to be the Director of Development for the Province. The petition took me by surprise and after some discussion I accepted, with the proposal that I would remain here in Houston at Holy Rosary Parish. It was granted – I love Holy Rosary and Houston!

This new position embraces being an overseer of all the fundraising efforts of our Province. Though we have well established events such our Galas in Houston, New Orleans, and Memphis, my new position will also involve the envisioning of future events in cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami. Besides, now I’m an ex-officio member of the Economic Council of our Province, with periodical meetings in our New Orleans headquarters (most of them hopefully over the phone!).

As I start this challenging ministry as of July 1, I ask for your prayers. Also, I thank you for your constant generosity towards the Dominican Order, especially for your participation in our Houston Gala. Please, save the date for next year’s Gala, at The Houstonian Hotel, on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to fulfill our call to preach the Gospel of Peace and Justice.

The purpose of all our fundraising activities is the formation of young men as Dominican Priests and Brothers; the care of our friars, who after many years of dedicated service, are semi-retired or infirm; and the support of our current ministries in parishes, hospitals, universities, jails, and as itinerant preachers of God’s Word throughout the South of the Unites States.

In Christ and our Holy Father Dominic,

fr. Juan, OP

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Rest in Peace, Paul Bordenave Sr.

Dear Parishioners,

As most of you know by now, my father, Paul Bordenave Sr., died on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the age of 82. My father suffered a mild heart attack the previous Saturday and was taken to the hospital. The doctors expected my father to make a full recovery following his heart attack, but were having trouble getting his blood pressure and oxygen, both of which were low, back to normal levels. Finally, on June 20, when a nurse was helping my father walk to the restroom, his blood pressure suddenly dropped, and he died shortly thereafter.

My dad lived a full life. During the last month of his life, he crisscrossed the United States to see three of his grandchildren graduate from either high school or college. During that same period, he saw all of his children and most of his grandchildren. I last spoke to my father on Father’s Day and wished him a Happy Father’s Day. My dad was not one who was afraid to die, but saw death as the gateway to eternal life.

People often ask the surviving relatives if there is anything they can do to ease their pain of loss. If you would like to say a rosary for my dad’s eternal rest, I would be most appreciative. The rosary was my father’s favorite prayer.

Thank you for all the love and support you have shown me. You’re incredible! May God bless you and watch over you.

Br. Ian

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