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February 23, 2017

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Tiny town welcomes friars with open arms

BY TONI CASHNELLI

The Hausfelds at homeStanding in the middle of an unpaved intersection, Fr. Bryant Hausfeld leads a tour of Cerrillos, New Mexico.

All he has to do is point.

“The church is over there,” he gestures to his right. “We have a trading post,” he hikes his thumb backward, “and there’s a saloon” off to the left, identified as Mary’s Bar.

That’s it for tourist attractions. But Bryant and his brother, Fr. Bruce, didn’t come here to watch the tumbleweeds blow by. They came to restore a Franciscan presence to a community in which it was sorely missed.

Since 2005 when friar Donnan Herbe of Our Lady  of Guadalupe Province died, the churches at Cerrillos, Golden, and Galisteo, N.M., have been served by diocesan priests and deacons. Anxious to get back in the saddle after retiring to Albuquerque, the Hausfelds of SJB Province saw a Help Wanted ad in the diocesan newspaper and jumped at the chance to move here, a tiny town between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

There’s a diocesan pastor, Fr. Daniel Balizan. But for Bruce and Bryant, the sacramental ministry they provide each week is enough to keep them connected to people and engaged in the ministry they love.

How are they adjusting to quiet little Cerrillos, population 300? This may be a one-horse town – actually, it’s one llama – but it seems to suit the Hausfelds just fine.

It grows on you

After nearly four months, both are surprisingly settled. Caron Vollmer Friary, which they named for the priest who devoted his life to the Navajo, is plainly appointed but roomy, the perfect set-up for Bruce’s wheelchair. Since St. Joseph Church is right next door, an electric scooter ride away, he can celebrate a congregational Mass for the first time in several years.

Bryant has Mass in Galisteo, 14 miles east, and in the town of Golden on Highway 14, nicknamed The Turquoise Trail for its history of mining the stone prized by Native Americans for its power and its beauty. Cerrillos’ Casa Grande Trading Post & Petting Zoo, where you’ll find the aforementioned llama, mines its own turquoise claims for gems that are popular with tourists.

“Cerrillos is a small, friendly town where people know one another, help one another and take care of the priests really well,” says Bruce. According to Bryant, “They’re super-happy Franciscans are back. They keep bringing us food,” which is why the refrigerator is bulging at the seams with casseroles.

The Hausfelds’ history in the Southwest is impressive. “I came out here in 1962, the year after I was ordained,” says 83-year-old Bruce, who began his ministry in Shiprock, N.M. “The Navajo people were very welcoming and affirming. The Southwest grows on you – the sky, the weather, the open spaces. Sand gets in your pores and you can’t wash it out.”

Bryant, who is 78, arrived in 1966. His first night in Chinle, Ariz., “I walked out to the main road and looked up and down. There wasn’t a soul. I thought, ‘I love people. What have I gotten myself into?’” Once the homesickness wore off, he was hooked. When OLG Province was formed in 1985, both brothers moved back East for several years. But they eventually discovered they couldn’t stay away.

Bryant with a photo of Caron Vollmer, whose ministry to the Navajo spanned six decades.Bruce en route to churchBryant in Golden at San Francisco Church, built in 1830, renovated in 1960 by Angelico Chavez.PHOTOS BY TONI CASHNELLIAt Mass in GoldenSt. Joseph Church in CerrillosA parishioner in Golden brought a cake for the friarsLunch at the friary in CerrillosThe cemetery in front of San Francisco Church in Golden, once a gold rush boom townBryant greets parishioners after Mass in GoldenCantors and parishioners in Golden serenaded Bruce Hausfeld for his 83rd birthday.The petting zoo has a friendly llamaSan Francisco Church1 - 12<>

Sharing chores

The Hausfelds have shared living space for the past 23 years, 19 of them in Alamogordo, N.M. They get along because “we have a lot of the same interests,” Bryant says. “We like people and enjoy preaching and traveling.”

Bruce keeps the books and does the cooking, mostly Midwestern staples like meatloaf, mac and cheese and goetta, the grainy sausage that is mystery meat to non-Cincinnatians. Fortunately Bryant loves to drive, so the 36-mile round-trip trek to the grocery is no big deal. This year the brothers will make three 1,400-mile car trips to Ohio and Indiana for a wedding, a family reunion, and SJB’s Chapter.

Even with errands and Masses, there is still time to fill. Bryant is pursuing the inmate/exmate ministry he started in Alamogordo and continues at Santa Fe Penitentiary. “If all goes well, I’m gonna start ‘Padre’s Picture Place’” in the front room of the friary, raising funds for the ministry through his hobby of photography. He plans to display his scenic greeting cards and prints for a suggested donation.

As for Bruce, “I intend to put on my habit and either sit outside or run around town on my scooter, talking to tourists” as a simple form of street ministry.

And while he’s at it, he can show visitors the sights – all three of them.

Ten for the Pen

“Ten for the Pen” is a club Bryant Hausfeld started to help inmates (and their families) and exmates, people coming out of prison or in trouble with the law. Members are asked to donate $10 a month. If you would like to learn more or see samples of the greeting cards and prints he’s making to support the ministry, e-mail bryanthausfeld@aol.com.

  • Al Hirt gives a history lesson at St. Monica St. George.Pastor Al Hirt traced the fascinating history of St. Monica-St. George Parish-Newman Center in a recent installment of the video series, History in Your Own Backyard. See it at: youtube. Some of Cincinnati’s most beautiful buildings are featured in the series, which has also focused on St. Clement (with Pastor Fred Link, youtube), St. Anthony Shrine (Fr. Frank Jasper, historyinyourownbackyard.com), and St. Francis Seraph (with Pastor David Kohut, youtube.)
  • This week Pope Francis received a special delivery of St. Anthony Messenger magazine from a close friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Rabbi Skorka was featured in SAM’s February issue. We heard the news from John Feister of Franciscan Media. Apparently, Rabbi Abie Ingber of Xavier University is the person who brought Rabbi Skorka to SAM for an interview when he was in town. It was Abie who e-mailed John to give him the scoop.
  • Also in the Messenger is “Friar Alessandro’s Joyful Voice”, an in-depth interview Fr.Murray Bodo conducted with singing Friar Alessandro Brustenghi, “The Voice from Assisi” (franciscanmedia.org). Alessandro’s first major concert for U.S. television, recorded last November at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, airs in March on PBS stations; times/dates should soon be available. An excerpt is posted at: Youtube And there’s more: CBS Sunday Morning taped an interview with Alessandro that is scheduled to air Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, the popular and peripatetic friar plans concert appearances in St. Louis and New York City in May.
  • Roger Lopez, left, and Bacon students at the March for Life“We wanted the students to think of this as a pilgrimage, not just a march or sightseeing in Washington, D.C.,” said Fr. Roger Lopez, Director of Community Outreach, describing the goal of the Roger Bacon contingent in January’s March for Life. Roger joined almost 50 Spartans and thousands of other youth in Washington, D.C. Read about their trip at: Pilgrimage
  • Feb. 4 at St. Aloysius Church in Detroit, people in need received a warm winter coat and got to meet Detroit Lions football players Zach Zenner, Brandon Thomas and Cole Wick and Lions alumni Tim Walton and Pete Chryplewicz. With temperatures in the 20s that day, the Lions and their significant others distributed 150 coats.

Viet Nguyen, Frazier Baker, Raphael Ozoude and Wayne Wang PHOTO FROM http://www.santabarbaramission.org/The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. (John 1: 35-39)On the weekend of Feb. 17-19, our Vocation Office hosted a “Come and See” weekend for five young men who are looking for something.  The makeup of the group was quite interesting. Frazier Baker, 21, is from St. Monica-St. George in Cincinnati, and a student at the University of Cincinnati.  Wayne Wang, 25, and Viet Nguyen, 30, are from our new ministry, the Ascension Chinese Mission in Houston.  Raphael Ozoude, 22, has dual citizenship (Nigeria and U.S.), and is from Houston.  Matthew Ryan, 45, is from Covington, Ky. (Illness prevented a sixth young man, Herbert Abingwa, from attending. He is 24, originally from Cameroon, but now lives in Houston as a permanent resident of the U.S.)It is interesting to reflect on the cultural diversity of these potential friars and where they are coming from.  What might this suggest to us?Should these men “come” they will “see” Franciscan life at the new Interprovincial Postulancy Program at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., and at the novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif.  We hope this life is for them and that they will not only come and see, but also “stay” with us!  We are trying to provide a larger peer group and solid initial formation for those whom the Lord invites and sends to us.  We pray that God will bless their discernment and continue to send us new brothers to enrich our fraternity and broaden our mission.— Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

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Viet Nguyen, Frazier Baker, Raphael Ozoude and Wayne Wang PHOTO FROM http://www.santabarbaramission.org/The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. (John 1: 35-39)On the weekend of Feb. 17-19, our Vocation Office hosted a “Come and See” weekend for five young men who are looking for something.  The makeup of the group was quite interesting. Frazier Baker, 21, is from St. Monica-St. George in Cincinnati, and a student at the University of Cincinnati.  Wayne Wang, 25, and Viet Nguyen, 30, are from our new ministry, the Ascension Chinese Mission in Houston.  Raphael Ozoude, 22, has dual citizenship (Nigeria and U.S.), and is from Houston.  Matthew Ryan, 45, is from Covington, Ky. (Illness prevented a sixth young man, Herbert Abingwa, from attending. He is 24, originally from Cameroon, but now lives in Houston as a permanent resident of the U.S.)It is interesting to reflect on the cultural diversity of these potential friars and where they are coming from.  What might this suggest to us?Should these men “come” they will “see” Franciscan life at the new Interprovincial Postulancy Program at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., and at the novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif.  We hope this life is for them and that they will not only come and see, but also “stay” with us!  We are trying to provide a larger peer group and solid initial formation for those whom the Lord invites and sends to us.  We pray that God will bless their discernment and continue to send us new brothers to enrich our fraternity and broaden our mission.— Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

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Tiny town welcomes friars with open arms

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Tiny town welcomes friars with open arms

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