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The BigEasy

Got back Thursday evening from New Orleans (should have stayed longer) where the first meeting of the leadership council of the National Assembly of Filipino Priests in the US was held (long description). It was an honor and so great a privilege to be a part of this wonderful group of priests who made me feel elated. Before leaving Phoenix Tuesday morning, I was catching cold and cough and thought of just staying. But then, realizing it wasn’t bad as I imagined and can’t easily afford to miss the bigeasy, so, off to NOLA 10 min past the hour of 11. It was so exciting to see for myself a city rich in history, the birthplace of jazz music and super laid back. The memory of the wreckage of Katrina that buried the place under water is still as fresh as ever all because it happened few weeks after my diaconate ordination back in 2005. I still talk about it.

In the evening, we strolled downtown and dined at ACME, home to one of the best oyster (raw and baked) I’ve ever had. Believe me even if I had trouble tasting. The aura of the place and the warmth of the people were very impressive. It’s laid back and very refreshing to know the culture of the deep south, a different face of America. Take it easy: enjoy life, have fun, greet people including strangers, etc…My experiences immediately bring to mind my birthplace Virac, Catanduanes…

We stayed at the Cenacle Retreat House run by the Cenacle Sisters. The place reminded me of Seminary…Silence was highly encouraged but goodness gracious, despite all the reminders, it never worked. We were arguably loud and boisterous and rowdy, but since we didn’t hear any complaint from the staff, much less the  sisters, things of those nature were probably allowed for the time being, well, what can you do, it’s mardi gras season as the slogan goes, let the good times roll…Amen!

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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