Jamaica

Filipino Novice Slain In Jamaica

By Father Seán Coyle

Mauricio Laspuna (3rd left) and his wife, Conrada hold hands as they remember their son, Marco Laspuna (at right in photo on altar) yesterday at Missionaries of the Poor's Corpus Christi complex at3 North Street, downtown Kingston. The Laspunas, along with another son, Douglas (2nd left) arrived in the island this week for Brother Marco's funeral tomorrow. With the family are Father Ambrose (left), a senior priest of the Missionaries of the Poor; Father Fidelis Stoeckl (2nd right), who serves as a missionary in The Philippines; and Father Richard HoLung, founder/leader of the Missionaries of the Poor. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

My First Christmas In Jamaica

By Father Vic Gaboury

It looked as though it was to be a busy time both before and during my first Christmas in Jamaica. Didn’t know the local customs and expectations. The parishioners in Seaford Town where I lived had asked for midnight Mass, and Christmas day there would be Masses in two mission stations at opposite ends of the area I cover.

The road resembles Chinese noodles with twist and turns all the way. I’d be picking up 20 to 35 people along the way in a van made to hold 15.