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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ciaò, Clyde!

EMPLOYEES & MARYKNOLLERS gathered at 10:00 a.m. in the Founders' Room to say thank you and goodbye to Fr. Clyde Phillips, who officially ends his second term as U.S. regional today. Amid coffee, tea, cakes, cookies, flan, shortcake, coffee cake, pepperoni and assorted nosherei, both outgoing first assistant regional, Fr. Mike Duggan and then assistant to head of MEP, Fr. Wayman Deasy, spoke words of tribute.

Mike likened the gathering to a funeral in that we are sad to see the guest of honor go, but we know he's going to a far better place. In Clyde's case, it's to Rome, as the new procurator of the Society and head of our Via Sardegna house where he will serve as our official liaison to the Vatican.

Wayman recalled that he has served as assistant to the head of MEP since the days of Fr. Ray Hill and has seen the demise of a series of department heads. He quipped that he volunteered to go to Rome himself but the Holy Father declined as he wants to hang on to his job a little longer.

Clyde than thanked those who helped him perform the duties of his offices, notable Ms. Denise Schneider as admin assistant and Fr. Ernie Lukaschek, as pastoral coordinator. We wish Clyde well on this

latest chapter of his mission career and thank him for his years of service to the U.S. region and MEP. Fr. Dougherty will serve as interim regional till the end of October when the final ballots will be tabulated.

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