Sunday, September 4, 2011

The people I met in the U.S.--Sargent Shriver

Sargent Shriver was the Director of the Peace Corps and the brother-in-law of the late President John F.Kennedy. The first time I met him was at the RFK stadium,Washington D.C. I had gone there to watch a football game with Msgr.Louis Quinn, the Pastor of St.Matthew's Cathedral.The box in which we were seated was next to that of the Kennedys. There I met Ethel Kennedy, the wife of late Senate Robert Kennedy.
Sargent Shriver , when he heard that I was from Kerala, spoke about the political situation of Kerala and about the communist rule in Kerala through elections.
Later, when I was at St.Patrick's church, Sargent Shriver and his wife, Eunice Shriver ,were seen coming for the masses in the evening.One day, he came after the mass and asked me whether he could receive communion as he was late to come.I offered him communion even though it was not a practice at St.Patrick's.
Eunice Shriver has often showed her appreciation for the homilies I preached at the masses.

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