(from Catholic Near East January – February 1995)
An Insepctor Calls
Posted: 01 Jan 1995
The Director of our office in Addis Ababa, Brother Vincent Pelletier, F.S.C., recently completed an 11-day, 2,361-mile visit to missions in Ethiopia most of it in four-wheel drive over gravel roads.
In all the places visited, the Catholic Church is present and CNEWA has either Needy Child programs or projects, Brother Vincent wrote recently.
In almost every instance, Brother Vincent reported, the life-style was simple, poor, and even austere. In most places, water was a problem and cold showers the norm. Hospitality, while generous, was often makeshift.
More than the simplicity of life-style, I was struck by the hardship of life, especially the feeling of isolation and loneliness of a good number of the priests and sisters. But it is clearly accepted as part of the response to the invitation of the Lord, Brother Vincent disclosed.