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Br. James returns from Tanzania

Arriving at Dulles airport, on Sunday afternoon, August 3, Br. James Watson, OFM Cap., was greeted (and photographed!) by Fr. Paul, the guardian of his home friary, Cap College in Washington, DC. Emailing the Province prior to James' arrival, here’s what Tanzania's Provincial Minister, Wolfgang Pisa, OFM Cap., writes about James’ departure from the east African nation:

“A year's stay of James in Tanzania is ending by lunch today. He is a wonderful and great friar. It was a blessing to have him with us. We are going to miss him. We're also indebted to him for his great love of prayer and our community life. Not only that, but he did a lot of work at Maua, fixing up computers and making the long-abandoned graveyard of computer pieces function again. In the future, allow him to come again and finish the work he has begun! . . . He flies back to DC this afternoon by Ethiopian airways . . . James' presence on this side of the globe has helped us in many ways. He has really been a grace for us.”By the end of August, our brother James will hit the books once again as he resumes his theological studies at Catholic University. Thanks to Wolfgang and all the brothers in Tanzania for their hospitality and fraternal care.

After Br. Wolfgang received James’ July renewal of vows in the friary chapel in Dar Es Salaam, James wrote the brothers of the Province:

WatsonVows“I first of all thank the the Lord Jesus for his loving mercy and grace to serve Him and His Body the Church as a Capuchin friar. I also thank Br. David Nestler, the Provincial Council and the Province of Tanzania for their fraternal kindness and charity in allowing me to renew my vows here in this beautiful country and among such holy friars and sisters. I will continue to prayerfully serve as a Capuchin friar trusting in the Lord. As the song goes, ‘We've come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord . . . He's never failed me yet.’ ”

From the warm welcome more than a year ago at San Damiano Friary in Msimbazi, to the Swahili lessons, to the fraternity and ministry in Upanga parish, to his living and working at the seminary in Maua, we know that James loved it all and remains grateful to the brothers for their graciousness at every turn. We realize, too, that he's going to miss the friars of Tanzania, but his presence there has helped to make our world just a little smaller and to make our fraternal hearts a little bigger.

Welcome home, James! We missed you!


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