Hola from Venezuela

September 29, 2010

Mission Venezuela

Bishop Lee Piche arrived in San Felix, Venezuela, today, Wednesday, with a group of Minnesotans ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our archdiocesan mission to this South American country.

Several St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocesan priests who have served here over the past four decades have come down too to be part of the anniversary festivities.

Father Dennis Dempsey was made to feel right at home as he walked from the rectory the two or three blocks to Jesucristo Resucitado Church.

Hearing voices in the courtyard of one of the homes in the Guaipara barrio, he shouted hello, and the folks there shouted “Hola Padre Denny.”

They recognized their former priest right away and told him how glad they were to see him.

How long has it been since you worked here? I asked Father Dempsey.

“Twelve years.”

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