Blog posts : "Updates 2019"

September 202 Update

September 2020

    I can’t recall a duller month than this August. No kids got seriously sick or got into serious trouble. Five babies and toddlers at the House of Hope came down with Chicken Pox, but all are ok now. Even the staff stayed healthy.…

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July 2020 Update

Dear friends of Sarnelli House,

    Thailand has had only 58 deaths from the coronavirus, so they are opening schools starting today. The kids are actually looking forward to going back, even the boys. The lockdown kind of got to us all.


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June 2020 Update

June 2020

    June starts out as another miserable month, when everyone is suffering from the coronavirus; whether they are sick, have lost jobs and lack help for food and rent. So far, 8 of our children have returned; two of them are quite ill wi…

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May 2020 Update

May 2020

    Usually, we are out cackling “’tis the merry month of May”, but with this accursed virus darting around, there is nothing merry about these times. I must admit that although Thailand was the first country outside of China to announce …

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April 2020 Update

 APRIL  2020

              It certainly is a different world just since my last letter. Except for one Dutch couple, our volunteers and guests have all departed. Paul and Chrissy, our German volunteers from the APO Lutheran church in Oberhausen …

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March 2020 Update

    The children are almost all out of school. So we have two months planning activities and riding herd on over 150 kids. They all have their special wants and needs, and workers on our aging staff are hard put to stay up with them. Just so t…

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February 2020 Update

 Feb. 3 , 2020

              In our Redemptorist novitiate at De Soto, Missouri, in 1958-59, we used to call February the tunnel month. February had miserable cold, damp Missouri weather; strict Lenten fasts, and seemed to be a year long month. T…

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January 2020 Update


              We had a nice Christmas. We had 18 volunteers and guests at dinner the evening of December 25 at Charlene Richard House. I bought a turkey at a supermarket in Udorn. A girl who works there cooks the bird, and makes s…

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December 2019 Update

As we begin Advent and the holiday season, we have abandoned our rice harvest. We cut the stalks and will bale them up to feed the cows, since the rice kernels are non existent, or too small to mill. Some local people have brought in rice for the kid…

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November 2019 Update

November, 2019

In nearly every parish in Thailand, a Mass is offered in each cemetery, during the month of November, for the departed relatives and friends of the parishioners. The cemetery for the villages of Don Wai, Pai Si Tong, and smaller com…

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October 2019 Update

October, 2019

This is the time of year that the sun is scorching hot in a cloudless sky. The nights are cooling down, and early mornings are cool and breezy. Perfect weather for rice that has headed out, and the weather would be ripening the kerne…

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September 2019 Update

September, 2019

In the last couple of months, we have been moaning that the monsoon season had not come to northeast Thailand. Up to August 21, the north-northeast section of Thailand was in a drought. No measurable rain, and planted rice died or …

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August 2019 Update

August, 2019

I just reached 55 years as a priest, having been ordained in 1964, on July 2. On August 2, I  celebrated 60 years as a Redemptorist. I took my first vows in 1959. I spend a lot of time recalling incidents over the past 60 years or so;…

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July 2019 Update

Dear Friends of Sarnelli House,

              June is always time to plow the fields, and prepare the beds in order to scatter rice, so as to have the seedlings grow to about 6-8 inches, and then in July pull up the stalks and transplant them in t…

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June 2019 Update

The kids are now all in school; the college kids are finishing their second term, while everybody else is weeks into the new school year. Brother Keng has found a two story building in Nongkhai, and older boys who have found jobs in town will rent th…

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May 2019 update


     ….and the kids are buying books, clothes, shoes and paying for the first term tuition. Getting ready for school here is much more complicated than in other countries. First, the kids, boys and girls, have to…

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April 2019 update

Happy (Thai) New Year!

    Our Thai New Year which consists of at least three days of adults pouring water on people wishing them well, to younger people throwing water and talcum powder at each other, and also drinking way too much Johnny Barleyc…

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March 2019 Update

Another school year has passed, with two little lads graduating from kindergarten; 14 boys and girls from B.6 (end of grade school); 8 graduated from M.3 (end of junior high), with two girls graduating from senior high, and six girls graduated from v…

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February 2019 Update


       The runts are all back in school, and already looking forward to the March-May school vacation. The senior high kids and kids in vocational school are studying and working. Our 24 college kids have a new s…

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January 2019 Update


              We hope everyone had a good Christmas season and a happy New Year! My house is on a 12 rai (6 acre) piece which contains a big deep fish pond, my house and office, a kitchen /laundry building, a cottage for two boys w…

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