Ministry of Presence: Vignettes of Skid Row and East L. A. Ministry
This book reminds us of the great challenges priests face daily, and shows us how they find the strength, love, and wisdom to serve in their ministry as true apostles.
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Thank God a Priest
Where Are You from Mars?
A Mother Loses 14 Children in an Apartment House Fire
A Little Higher
The Pastoral Advice They Dont Teach in the Seminary
Are You Staying at the Mission?
Padrecito Please Speak English
How Do You Pray about Roaches?
This Is Rhonda Shes a Prostitute
Hes the Priest of My Children
Dont Insult the Mother of God
Are You Able to Support Her?
Do You Want Me to Throw Him out Dead or Alive?
CIA Helps the Church
Resurrection Lakers Dominate the League
First Spanish Speaking Confession
Jesus in Disguise
I Wouldnt Give a Bailbond to My Own Grandmother
Power in a Name
A Nickel if I Forget Your Name
Can I Be Catholic?
Will You Keep My Shoe Box for Me?
Death Sentence from the Mexican Mafia
I Could Be the Slasher
At Deaths Door
When I Get Out of Jail Im Coining Back to Kill You
You Wont Find a Place to Stay in the Drawer
Hammering away at the Sacred Heart Statue
Im No Good God Doesnt Love Me
14 Policemen to Arrest One Man
Stopping a Fight while Giving Communion
37000 in the Bank and Living on the Streets
Veterans Administration to the Rescue
Homily Help from the Mentally Disturbed
Paralyzed Seven Years Giving Witness to Jesus
Man Grabs My Throat
A Good Price
You Never Know How You Influence People
Lady in Distress
Wall Street Journal on Skid Row
A Plank in My Own Eye
Juan Sin Miedo John Without Fear
Pulled Over by the Police
I Want Those Hub Caps Back On
Parents Bring Teenager for Exorcism
Flying Furniture in the Office
Go to the Top
Sign for Receptionists on Skid Row
Youre a Priest and You Play Like That?
Bureau of Lost Persons
Mary and Joseph in Government Housing
John Dont You Ever Get Upset?
Stop the Music
A Good HardLuck Story
No Such Address
I Want to Speak to the Young Father John
A Good Woman behind Every Man
A Rifle under My Bed
Cleanest Wall in East L A
Garment Factory Ministry
Band ManagerCollection of Weapons
To the Aid of the Police
Boxing Gym in the Old Church
Principles to Live by on Skid Row
Public School in Gods House
Nude Woman in Church
Christmas on Skid Row
Do You Like Chili?
Reading Japanese Upside Down
A Few Words Can Go a Long Way
The Fathers Testimony Is Totally Irrelevant
Cleaning the Graffiti
April 1963 Reflection On Retreat Preparing for Priesthood
In the Midst of Ministry on Skid Row
December 1983 Poem
Looking Back Now as a Bishop on Ministry in East LA and Skid Row
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