Brother Joseph Keith Tesar, MSC died on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 8:40 PM, at Manor Care Nursing Home, Bethlehem, PA. He was 87 years old. He was born in Denver, Colorado on December 29, 1932, and was adopted by Stephen and Mary (Connor) Tesar, both now deceased. He received his primary education at St….

By Fr. Earl Henley, MSC(California Community – St. Joseph Mission – San Jacinto, CA)We wring our hands in the fear of facing the unknown. We worry about those who are sick and their caretakers and health care workers. We worry about poor parishes and how they will survive such economic loss and where to go…

So, are we happy about the condition of our world? We must be honest and sadly admit that the world has not changed all that much for the good. There are over a billion Catholics and many more Christians of other faith traditions. You would expect sheer numbers to make a huge difference. Unfortunately, there is a war going on somewhere each day.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Brother George Farkas, MSC died on Friday, May 29, 2020, at about 1 AM, at Manor Care Nursing Home, Bethlehem, PA. He was 88 years old.  He was born in Northampton , Pennsylvania on July 23, 1931, to George and Sophia (Baziak) Farkas.  He graduated from Assumption Parochial school, Northampton, PA in 1945, and from Northampton High School in 1949.  He attended Bethlehem Business School, Bethlehem, PA, in 1953-54.  From 1955 to 1968, he worked at Cement National Bank in Northampton.

In 1970, he entered the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart novitiate in Shelby, Ohio, and made his first profession of vows on June 12, 1972.  As a novice, he was assigned to the keeping of accounts, which he continued to do throughout his religious life.  After the novitiate, he remained in Shelby until 1976, making perpetual profession of vows on May 22 of that year.  Br. George was then assigned to Aurora, Illinois, where he was the provincial treasurer from 1980 until 1992.  While in Aurora, in addition to his duties as treasurer, he regularly preached in the Mission Cooperative Plan throughout the United States.  He was a member of the core staff of the provincial administration.

In September 1992, Br. George was assigned to Youngstown, Ohio, where he assisted in managing the financial affairs of the Youngstown community and the retreat house.  In July 1996, he was assigned to Reading, PA for various community service ministries.  In June 2000 Br. George returned to Aurora where he continued his community service ministry.  He also participated in ministry to the Aurora community at large by working with the homeless at Hesed House, working the late evening and early morning hours overseeing the men’s sleeping quarters there.  He later retired and moved to our community in Center Valley, PA.  In 2015, he moved to Manor Care Nursing Home in Bethlehem, PA, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Br. George had one brother, three sisters, and one half-sister who predeceased him.  They were Andrew Farkas, Elizabeth Farkas, Anne Stackel, and Mary Andrews, and his half-sister Margaret Milander.  He has numerous nieces and nephews and was a wonderful uncle.

He will be buried at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Haycock, PA.   

May Br. George Farkas rest in eternal peace.

Taken from “The Mother of God Made Man” by Andre Tostain, MSCJesus willed to be born of a woman. His human heart was formed from the flesh of Mary His Mother, formed from the “heart” of Mary through the human, spiritual, and religious education which He received from her.Mary was the one whom God had…

Tanner came to us from Northampton County prison. He is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. He landed in Northampton County prison because he was traveling from Utah to explore other parts of the country and was in his active addiction at the time. He was driving through Bethlehem while he was under the influence…

General Superior Sister Barbara Winkler, MSC, and General Councilor Sister Nicola Sprenger spent the month of October 2019 among our MSC Sisters in India for a three-fold purpose: Visitation; Consultation with the District Leader; and Facilitation of the District Assembly. On their arrival in Bangalore, they were impressed to see the newly established Linckens Home…

We forget, at times, that Jesus gives this same command to all His followers, only now we are in the mix. We may think that we are not good enough to be Jesus disciples or that we must first overcome all our doubts and hesitations and have all our questions answered before we can bring Jesus’ good news to others. But that is not true.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with us forever and this Spirit will help us deal with life. God’s spirit will comfort us and love us always. The Spirit’s presence in each of us will always help us and guide us to be the gentle face of Jesus in the world. No job is more important!

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Ray Diesbourg, MSC

(New York Community)

Remember how it wasn’t all that long ago that local folks travelled freely, going to such places as Syracuse, Rochester, Kingston and even Lake Placid? The pandemic has seriously reduced such travel. Now everyone stays close to home and six feet apart!

But there’s another journey that we are all on; and it doesn’t require any miles of travel. We hear about it in our Gospel reading for this past Sunday (5th of Easter). Jesus says, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” So we are on a journey to the dwelling place in the Father’s house. That’s our true home, our ultimate goal, our final resting place. This journey is why we were created; its destination is where we are meant to be.

Now we have a choice about how we make this journey. It’s either a field of land mines or an adventure. If it’s a mine field, we walk gingerly, fearful of stepping on mines that could explode. There’s a lot of doom and gloom around us. We tend to be negative and pessimistic and we are often sad.

If it’s an adventure, we forge ahead, unafraid, even though we still need to be cautious. Our travel guide is Jesus, who begins his remarks about the Father’s house with the words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” We walk with confidence because we know that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.”

Of course, the journey to the Father’s house will vary for each of us. Sometimes we may take a by-pass or wander toward an off-road distraction. So it’s important that we travel together, like a pilgrimage. That means we need community; we need the church; we need the Eucharist because that’s what gives us the energy we need to continue the journey.

So let us pray for the heroes who are companions on our journey. Let us pray that more people will be inspired to follow Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life. And let us pray that we will soon be able to come together again to support one another in person as we journey to the dwelling place in the Father’s house.

Blessings, Fr. Ray

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