When school resumed following the earthquake, first — grade teacher Lisa Orizotti brought holy water to her classroom. She told students, “If you’re feeling afraid, just come up and dip your fingers in the water and bless yourself. Thank God that we are safe and that God is in control.”
The Grey Nuns located their school in downtown Kodiak in a Quonset hut, and moved it to its present location following the 1964 earthquake and tsunami.
There is a quote I love from the Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin: “Faith has need of the whole truth.” That applies to our own lives, facing our own demons and denials, but it also applies to public life, and now more than ever, life in the church.
The popularity of the event stems from those it honors: not the big financial donors, celebrities or public officials. The event highlights people who do “small things with great love”
Vincentian Father Henry Grodecki’s grandparents came from Poland in the early 20th century. After spending their lives in Chicago’s insular Polish community, where Polish Catholic churches offered services in their native tongue, they never fully grasped English.