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Friday, August 26, 2011

A sighting!

Amateurs pursue the ever-elusive if not totally fictional Loch Ness monster and Abominable Snowman.

I, armed with only the camera function on my iPhone, have captured a picture of the equally elusive Father Ken Sleyman as proof he does indeed exist.

Rumored to frequent a medical college on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido where he purportedly teaches medical ethics, Ken appeared unannounced here at the Knoll with sisters and nephew in tow.

They harbored illusions of taking in the sights in Manhattan yesterday before the weather turned nasty, which it did by noon.

My favorite story about Ken took place back in the day when he and Barbara Pavelka, both nurses as well as Maryknoll lay missioners, worked on the southeastern Korean island of Sorokdo. This island for Hansen's disease patients was so small that Barb and Ken (yeah, I know) had phone numbers "3" and "4" respectively.

Nevertheless, Ken was so elusive even then that he and Barb only saw each other when they came up to Seoul for meetings!

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