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Teacher & Pupil Reunite...

You never know who you’re going to run into!

When St. Anthony Messenger‘s newest editor, Dan Imwalle, showed up on his first day of work, he told me: “I think that the nun at the main desk was my fourth-grade teacher!” I told Dan: “Go down and tell her that—she’ll get a kick out of it.” It was all a bit too much for the new guy to tackle on his first day.

One day, some weeks later, I was talking to Sister Sue Ann Vallo, OSF, and mentioned what Dan had told me. “I thought he looked familiar” she said with a twinkle in her eye. I was blown away—we’re talking a fourth-grade kid here! I told her what school he had been at, and, sure enough, she had taught there for a few years.  “His face hasn’t changed a bit!” she said.

I told Dan to get down to the front desk and talk to Sister Sue Ann! With a laugh, he headed down to the reception area. The two had a grand reunion.

A month or so later, Sister Sue Ann, well beyond typical retirement age, decided it was time to move on, to take her spot working, praying, and playing among the retired Franciscan sisters at Oldenberg, Indiana. “They tell me it’s really fun,” she told me, a bit wistfully. She obviously had mixed feelings about moving on. Sue Ann chose, as her last day, our employee recognition day a few weeks ago, on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis. After sharing a few kind words with those of us gathered, she pulled out a class photo that she had among many back at her apartment and, sure enough, there was little Dan!

Happy retirement, Sue Ann. We will miss you! Welcome, Dan. Get to work!


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."