In 1975, the Church in Olancho, Honduras, suffered a great tragedy as the result of social conflict between the poor farmers and rich cattlemen. The rich and powerful, to protect the vast land they confiscated and to insure their economic interest, claimed the Church was comprised of socialists and communists and bribed military officials to hinder social progress. As a result, on June 25th, 1975, two priests, four labor leaders and eight other innocent people were detained and murdered by the military authorities. The Bishop, priests and women religious were pursued, arrested and eventually expelled from the country. For eight years, the Catholic faithful had no pastors and no Church structure. The very existence of the Catholic Church was being threatened. In February, 1983, John Paul II nominated the Rev. Maurus Muldoon, O.F.M. Bishop of the Diocese of Juticalpa, with the commitment to re-build the Church in Olancho.
We welcome Bishop Muldoon to St. Dominic Savio the weekend of August 14 and 15 as part of the Missionary Plan of Cooperation. He grew up in St. Ann’s Parish, Neponset and went to Christopher Columbus High School in Boston
where he was attracted to and later joined the ranks of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Immaculate Conception. He was ordained a priest on June 11, 1966 and on July 1st of the same year, was sent as a young missioner to Central America. Along the way he has worked in the mission churches of Guatemala and El Salvador. Of his forty-six years in Central America, he ministered in the Church of Honduras for thirty-six years. He became a Franciscan Missionary Bishop in 1983.
On February 2nd, 2012, His Holiness Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Muldoon as Pastor of the Church in Juticalpa. It should be noted that on February 2, 1983, twenty nine years to the day, His Holiness John
Paul II nominated him as Bishop of the Diocese of Juticalpa. Presently Bishop Muldoon lives with his Franciscan Community in the North End of Boston. Please welcome Bishop Muldoon to our parish community.
Throughout the summer, we have had a variety of visitors who use our parking lot during the night hours, long after everyone has gone to bed. Deacon John, Rodger and myself had to pick up the mess they leave every morning
thereafter. We don’t know who the visitors are, but we’ve had to pick up all sorts of trash. We’ve found dozens of soda cans, beer cans, whiskey bottles, pizza boxes, french fry containers, bags from MacDonald’s, Taco
Bell, dozens of empty sauce packages to mention just a few. Very late one night during the last week of July, a trespasser shattered 36 skeet/trap targets over the entire surface of the parking lot which our maintenance
man, Rodger, had to clean up. The visitor also left the boxes in which he had brought the targets. We decided to lock the yellow gates to the parking lot after the last meeting of the evening. This will hopefully keep the
late night intruders from accessing the lot, at least by car, during the late night hours.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,