Me in part of the Rose Garden

Sun. 6th July ’69.

Dear Mum & Dad,

Please wish Rick a “Happy Birthday!” for me.

I hope you are recovering fast Dad. Fr. Mannix actually called in, and he told me how you were getting on.

Yesterday, 3 of the young Fathers came & said Mass for us. Today, Frs. Pratley & Cody came & sung the Mass.

The new term job & room changes are still not out. We thought for sure they would have come out yesterday – next Saturday [perhaps].

There is not much news this week. Kerry Maher and Robert Devlin have been making stiles all around the property, so we don’t have to climb over the fences.

We had a very heavy frost here the other morning, but the last few nights have been fairly warm.

Mrs. Devlin comes back on Wednesday. She leaves Honolulu on Monday, & misses out Tuesday because she crosses the International Date-line. Robert says that she is tired & will be glad to get back.

Yesterday & today we received Communion under bot kinds because the Young Fathers said Mass.

Handball is the craze at the moment, & everyone plays it instead of going for a walk down the drive. You have to get away from the buildings during breaks, so sometimes end up walking down the drive 4 or 5 times a day. It doesn’t matter if you are in the drive or in the buildings, because the buildings are just as cold as anywhere else!

Most of the roses have lost their leaves now, so there is not much work to do on them now.

We are learning to sing Vespers in Singing Class at the moment, and will sing them next Sunday.

I think I might have a cold coming on because of a sore throat. Most of us have had it, & I must be one of the last to get it.

Last Wednesday I went for a walk with Tim Donoghue, Tony O’Connor & John Lomu.

Well, I just can’t think of anything else to say!

Love from

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