Friday, December 23, 2011

Terre Haute, Indiana(1976-78)

My first years in the United States were spent at St.Anne's church, Terre Haute, Indiana. I left  India on Dec.26,1976 and reached the Kennedy aiport on Dec.28.Fr.Muthuplakal, Fr.Jose Alencherry and Fr. Thomas Ettoly were at the airport to recieve me.After spending three days in New York , I left for Indianapolis airport and from there by a small commuter plane to Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Pastor Don was there at the airport and hecalled me by name and we left the airport for the church.thus began my days in he States. After a few days, he took me to the University to register for the new semster. I was introduced the the Sunday after to the Congregation.I met the Sisters who were teaching at t he School there and from the first day onwards , I began to say masses at the church. I would say masses daily eithr in t he morning or in the evening.The people of St.Anne's were very freindly and nice to me and in enjoyed my stay there.There were a few families who were very friendly and one of the older ladies of the parish , Mary Drummy wo was a retired teached used to give a lot of rides from the church to the school .
The sisters were also very friendly and my first visit to Chicago was made  in their comapnay.Our trip to Chicago was verye exciting and   every one shouted"Chicago" when we were nearng the city. I visited then the CTU, Lake Shore, the Diocesan TV center and other places. I did also experience the harhsness of the weather of Chicago for the first time then.
The whole place  in Indiana was covered with snow in the wnter and we would  have to  wait until the end of April for the snow to disappear.It was a big change from someone coming from India to be introduced right way to the heartland of snow and cold.

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