• March 1, 2010
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A Visit to the West Coast & Hawaii

Saint Damien of Molokai

In the begin­ning of January 2010, Fr. Thierry de Roucy joined Fr. Gonzague Leroux on the West Coast. The goal was to pro­mote Heart’s Home through sev­eral con­fer­ences in the West Coast, and to pre­pare a spir­i­tual retreat which will be taking place in Hawaii during the coming summer.

Last month, Father Thierry de Roucy joined me in San Francisco. Right at the begin­ning of his trip, we flew to Molokai in Hawaii. Last October Saint Damien of Molokai was can­on­ized in Rome. He is the patron of the Fraternity of priests within Heart’s Home called Sacerdotal Molokai Fraternity, and so to cel­e­brate his can­on­iza­tion we wanted to visit and pray where he lived. We will also took the chance to study his let­ters and his spir­i­tu­ality in depth.

Back in the Bay Area, we had three con­fer­ences in Oakland, San Francisco and Redwood City on “Living with a Compassionate Heart”. We were touched by the warm wel­come we received and the atten­tion the audi­ence paid our mes­sage. We also shared our desire to open a Heart’s Home in the Silicon Valley. We met friends and American fam­i­lies during our time there, and we under­stood how much such a charism of love and pres­ence is needed.

Father Thierry flew back to New York at the end of the month when I started a new semester at the GTU (Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley. This entire trip rein­forced in me the desire to start a Heart’s Home in the Bay. The chal­lenge remains but I have in my heart the words of the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “For nothing is impos­sible with God” (Lk 1:37). God works with our prayer and with people so I con­tinue, while studying, to speak about this pro­ject and to meet people. Please pray for it.

Fr. Gonzague Leroux

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