Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Letter to the Editor

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July 24, 2001

Dear Editor:

Although I have been a member of the American Catholic Historical Association since 1955 (the year of my ordination), little did I think that I would be writing to fellow members and subscribers to the Catholic Historical Review a letter such as this. I think it will interest not a few.

Let me give a little background. After thirty-three years as a diocesan missionary from Green Bay, Wisconsin, in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Haiti, Dominica, and Grenada), mostly in the field of Catholic radio, I have offered my retirement years to the Church in the former Soviet Union, in particular to the Apostolic Administration-quasi diocese-of Almaty in Kazakhstan, where I am working under Bishop Henry Howaniec, OTM., of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Polish) in Pulaski, Wisconsin.

And lo and behold! It falls to me as a particular grace to help begin a first parish at Zharkent, the fabled "port" city of the Silk Route, just miles from the Chinese border and the Kazakhstani hamlet of Almalik, which was once the mighty capital of the Tatar Empire of the Khans. …

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