Mum with her cousin Leila in 1948
Leila McNeill - 1917-1972

Sun. 26th Nov. ‘72

Dear Mum & Dad,

I enjoyed having you up here last weekend, even though the circumstances were not the nicest. Even so, it seemed to be a happy funeral too in a way.

We really enjoyed the pineapple!

Last Thursday I sat my Dogma exam & on Friday I had an oral exam in it. I think I went alright in them. On Tuesday I have got a Moral exam (written) with the oral exam on Wednesday. That will finish the exams for this year. I got my moral theology paper up on Friday night so I seem to be getting things done.

Bear Worsnop rang on Friday evening. He was in port at Napier. At last he is on the ship that takes him to America. The ship has got butter on board. It doesn’t seem at all likely that he will be home for Jane’s Wedding.

Yesterday we had a Conge at Puketapu & we were able to vote at the school there on the way to the picnic spot. I’m in the Hawkes Bay electorate. Ray Cheer was standing for the Liberal Reform Party, (but I didn’t vote for him!) We had had the Labour & National Candidates out to speak to us about a week ago, & to answer our questions. Dr. Wall from Porirua also came out. He has two Brothers Marist Priests in the Pacific.

Fr. John Neville died last Sunday. He was a teacher at St. Pat’s Timaru (where Pat Devlin is). About a fortnight ago they opened him up for ulcers & found cancer, & he went quickly after that. Last year he was teaching at Chanel College in Samoa.

Rob Devlin is due to come back here after his year in Blenheim next Sunday. We have seen him a few times here during the year.

Next Wednesday we are finishing our C.C.D. year with a Mass – in at Marist School where we hold the weekly classes. I’ll be glad when the C.C.D. year is over.

Well, I’d better sign off now.

Love from

P.S. We had our first rain for a while last week (1 ½ inches) but it’s been almost cloudless since.

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