Fathers In Mexico
In 1965, the Mexican government granted the use of a parcel of property for a new church in Unidad Siete, where celebration of an Mass and construction of a church began almost immediately. The church is named “Jesus Obrero”, Jesus the Worker.
Realizing that one of the greatest needs was for Christian leaders, a house
of studies was opened in
Fathers Joseph Shannon, Tom Dugan, Ray Jackson, Frank Launtrie, Jack Broussard, and John Boscoe as a deacon, staffed the parish and missions of San Juan Crisostomo in 1971, where a small social center was built in one of the poorest areas of the parish from which social workers operate and a dispensary provides medical help.
In addition to staffing Centro Cultural in the mid-70’s, Fathers John Boscoe, Tom Sepulveda and Harold O’Leary also served as Chaplains to two convents of the Missioneras del Calvario, and helped at the parishes of Jesus Obrero and San Juan Crisostomo. The center also hosted weekly meetings of a Charismatic Prayer Group made up of young people in the neighborhood. The students in the center tutored those in secondary and preparatory education.
Father Bernard “Jess” Owens joined Father Jack Broussard at Iglesia Jesus Obrero. Parish organizations include Socias de Sagrado Corazón, Catequesis Familiar, Concilio Parroquial and Escuela de Religion.
Father Dan Porter was ordained on
that time, Father Tom Dugan’s duties included co-director of the
confirmation program and spiritual director of the Charismatic Renewal.
Father Ray Jackson was Director of Vocations in
Father Frank Launtrie assumed the duties of acting pastor of the parish of El Divino Salvador. Father Frank was also responsible for the publication of the catechetical materials of which 120,000 have been printed.
In the state of Puebla, the Basilians have a novitiate at San Lorenzo, Tehuacan, and administer the Parroquia de San Lorenzo and its chapels, Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Carmen in Colonia del Carmen, Capilla de la Señora de Guadalupe in Colonia de Porvenir, Capilla de Santa Cecilia in Colonia de Santa Cecilia, Capilla de San Juan Diego in Colonia de Vista Hermosa, Capilla de Santa Catalina in Colonia de Santa Catalina, and Capilla del Señor de Tejalpa in the Colonia de Los Manantiales. The parish is staffed by Basilian Fathers Alejandro Romero, Jess Owens, Tom Dugan, Alberto Ferrara, Dan Porter, and Roberto Rojas.
Father Ricardo Ramirez left his mission area to help direct the
The following year, the parish in Unidad Siete, Jesus Obrero, was turned back to the Archdiocese of Mexico, and the Basilian Fathers assumed pastoral responsibility for Santa Maria de la Asuncion Church, located in the rural mountainous municipality of Caltepec about 30 miles southwest of Tehuacan. Of the nineteen towns in the parish, there are five main centers: Caltepec, Santiago Acatepec, San Luis Atolotitlan, San Juan Acatitlan, and San Pedro Atzumba. The parish was staffed by Fathers Max Murphy, Donald Mooney, Lawrence Moran, and William Frankenberger. The apostolate is Centro de Experimentacion Catequetica, Experimental Family Catechetics.
Once a week, one of the Basilian Fathers goes to the local radio station in Tehuacán. "Radio Popular" 1420 on the AM band, to offer a religious reflection over the airwaves.
notice that our priests in some of the photos
taken in the rural areas are not wearing a Roman collar. This is a custom
throughout the country and is a holdover from the religious persecutions.
Article 130 of the Constitution of 1917 prohibited the wearing of clerical
garb in public. Article 130, along with other anticlerical articles, was
only stricken from the constitution in 1992 in order to pave the way for
establishing diplomatic relations with the
On October 22, 2011, seventy five years after the humble beginning of the Basilian Fathers Missions in Houston, Texas, Basilian Fathers George Smith, Superior General, and Paul English, Fourth Councilor, met with the Basilian Fathers of Mexico to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the day that Fathers Max Murphy and Frank Launtrie formally took charge of the parish of San Juan Crisóstomo and missions at La Providencia and La Pradera, in the barrios of San Juan de Aragon. Pictured are (L to R) Basilian Fathers (seated) Dan Porter and Jess Owens, (standing) Tom Dugan, George Smith, Alberto Ferrara, Roberto (Beto) Rojas, Paul English, and Alejandro Romero.