|The first to arrive for the First Spanish Mass in Maynardville|
I had been slow to begin the Spanish Mass at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Union County since I knew there were just a few families. Yet, they have been asking for Mass in Spanish since the Posadas in December. So I felt the Holy Spirit was moving. After all, I offer Mass in English at Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge for an average of twenty people, should I not do the same in Maynardville,TN for Spanish speakers? Obviously, the answer is yes!!!
|The Front of Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission|
|Blessed John Paul II with Tabernacle|
There are other things emerging. Among these is the dream of establishing the Glenmary volunteer program in these missions. Already groups are signing up to travel here during the summer. Joe Grosek went out one day with Br. Joe and another day with me to explore possible sites. These volunteers will become part of God's plan here in Grainger and Union County to help witness to the Kingdom of God. Yes there are signs of growth in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee.
|Br. Joe Steen and Mr. Joe Grosek|