Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Attraction/Sacredness of Place

This past weekend, March 10-11, my parish assignment was St. Ludger's, Creighton, Ne and St. Ignatius, Brunswick, Ne. When I am that far out and within distance of my homeland, I find myself being drawn to those places that are part of my life, especially the "growing up" years. So after my parish responsibilities were accomplished, I made my way to highway 14 and headed south to my homeland. Neligh, Elgin, Raeville, Petersburg and then Albion -- although I did not stop in all of those places, I recalled relatives, friends, alums and families of MM monks from those places. And of course, what really stands out in all of those places is each church of each community.

The place where I stopped and spent some time was Raeville. This place has many, many memories for me, especially in the area of spirituality and family celebrations--literally, a cathedral in the middle of corn and soybean fields. Now the whole area is definitely demarked by wind turbines and it has become the largest wind farm in the state of Nebraska. The rectory of St. Bonaventure is nothing less than a mansion. This is where my Mom's side of the family has celebrations-- now, mostly family reunions. We have never been able to come up with a better place for family gatherings.

My Mom's side of the family is large and we need a place like this. My Mom is one of 11 children-- 10 survived to adulthood and each has a large family as well. See the video of the Joseph Borer family.

Then I took the back roads from Raeville to connect with my Dad's side of the family. I could remember it well, as I drove through the wind farm of the area.
Dad grew up on the original Ketteler farm. It was very famous for its brick house and wrap-around porch. I spent lots of time here as well. It evetually came to my uncle, Louis Hagemann. And although it is no longer in the family and not really kept up, it still has lots of memories for me. It is quite a place.

In the video of my Dad's side of the family, it shows up often. My father's mother was the oldest of the Heinrich Ketteler family.

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