2013-02-08 / Letters

God Works In All Types Of Weather

Dear Editor:

I was never more proud to be a Catholic, and a member of St. Camillus Parish, than during the weeks that followed Hurricane Sandy.

Both Father Richard Ahlmeyer, and Father James Dunne, were displaced from the rectory, as it had no heat, no electricity, and a gas leak. Fr. ‘Richard’, trying to salvage things at St. Virgillius, took a fall and broke his left arm. He also suffered two fractured ribs. Fr. Dunne had a pre-scheduled surgery.

I was amazed to see Fr. Richard saying Mass two weeks after his fall. His ribs were wrapped, and his arm was in a cast, but there he was, for the many that showed up to the church that had no electricity and no heat.

Fr. Richard would give us a detailed update on what was going on in the community, as most of us at that point had no contact with the outside world. He also let us know where we could receive help and services. He would then say Mass, which we had really missed.

As I looked at him I wondered, how is it that he appears to be in no pain??? He was as strong and alert as always.

Fr. Dunne had surgery and was back saying Mass almost immediately. I can only think that God gave both of our priests the strength to look after us during these trying times.

With many material possessions lost, Church was our most important possession. If you ever want to meet two of God’s disciples, come to a mass at St. Camillus.

BILL DICKESHEID

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