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November 2016

The wind has shifted to the north, and although it is still hot and humid, our rice is ripening and we are now beginning to harvest a bumper rice crop. We plant so that the paddies do not ripen all at once, to give the harvesters time to harvest meth…

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October 2016



Sarnelli House is a pretty darn busy place! The 120 kindergarten, grade and junior high kids are on their midyear school vacation. The 24 junior high and vocational students have been on their break for a while now. All are…

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August 2016


I arrived back at Thailand’s green shores on July 28. It was great to get home, and see all the kids and the workers. I had the July 30 Mass for the kids; that day being my 78th birthday. Despite a huge rain (which …

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July 2016

Greetings to you all! Rice planting has begun and our staff, older children and volunteers have all been out in the fields at various times, knee deep in muddy water, bending to plant the rice seedlings into the ground. They are committed to the task…

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June 2016

Many things have been going on at Sarnelli House. After ten weeks of holidays, the children returned to school in the middle of May. We have 156 children at the moment and only 11 of them stay home because they are too small to go to school.  So orga…

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May 2016

The kids had a nice long school vacation, and now they have gathered back here to begin the new school term, around May 16. There are clothes to be bought; names and class designations to be hand sewn on shirts and blouses. New shoes; new school bags…

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April (เมษายน) 2016



April 13-16 is Thai New Year, and people go to the temple or to Mass and then begin pouring water on the elderly and throwing water on everyone else. The hot season is in the forties already (Celsius)…

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March (มีนาคม) 2016



I tell everybody that everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. I also find out that this is definitely not true! Anyway, watch out for the green beer.

March 4 was the las…

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February (กุมภาพันธ์) 2016


Happy Valentine's Day to all!

We had a great Valentine’s Day party for the kids. Only Ole and I were here; no volunteers or guests. The kids wanted egg noodles with red pork, etc. They also had cake from our bakery, pop an…

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January (มกราคม) 2016

We read about all that snow and cold and we saw the snowy horrors in other lands on TV, here in Thailand! Here, in the northeast, it is bitter cold, and they had snow in Laos, north of us, yesterday! The cold season held off for two months or more, b…

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December 2015 (Christmas and photos)

I am writing this on Christmas day, here at Sarnelli House. I realize it is a tad late to be wishing people a cool Yule, but things kind of got away from all of us. We had a great Christmas Eve, with village kids performing the story of Jesus’ birth.…

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November 2015

October was not a good month for us. Besides the death of Teep, we at Sarnelli House saw a sudden influx of abused and abandoned little girls in October. An 11 year old girl was given us by the courts, who was raped by an in-law. The cops are said to…

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October 2015

Dear Friends of Sarnelli House!

Thank you for the all the prayers and donations for the children of Sarnelli House! The kids just finished their first semester of school, save for the college kids, who will study until New Year, and then have thei…

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September 2015

I returned to Sarnelli House on August 20, after the usual long trek from the U.S. I found everything running smoothly and efficiently, with Father Ole and Brother Keng at the helm. El Nino has not been kind to us. The monsoons of old never really ca…

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July 2015

Dear all friends of Sarnelli House, 

Greeting from the grey sky in Nongkhai! 

I write an update a bit late this month because I want to see how the rain looks like and let you know. Finally the monsoon has come in the middle of this month. It…

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June 2015

Dear friends of Sarnelli House, 

The gym in Donwai is so silent and lots of Hieneken left in the fridge at Charlene House without Fr Mike and Kate. Fr Mike is in the States hunting for shekels (his term) for the children and Kate is on 2 week vac…

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May 2015

Hello from hot and muggy Sarnelli House! The worst of the hot season is over, and now we wait for the coming of the monsoon season. Our fields are plowed, and the lads are busy preparing the rice beds. A huge volume of rain water is needed to fill up…

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April 2015


We finished our Easter services, and now the kids are looking forward to Songkran, which starts Sunday, April 12. Songkran is Thai New Year, which the Thai celebrate for three days. It is the hottest time of the yea…

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March 2015

Being an Irish fellow, I’d like the start out by wishing everyone a Happy St. Paddy’s day! I have tried brain washing our urchins into being “Irish” with a party on that date, but some of our young maidens snarled at me “we wouldn’t be caught dead in…

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January 2015

Hi from the chilly Northeast!

We realize our chilly weather doesn’t hold a candle to the wintry weather many of you are undergoing, but we like it cool, but not down to 8-9 degrees C. But, the weather is warming up slowly, and then we slide into t…

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