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All Hail To A Trailblazer

I had just maneuvered the paddy wagon into position so that I had a clear view of the trail and was about to tackle some crossword puzzles while I awaited my visitor who was due to come off the trail. Then my roving eyes caught sight of him in the rear-view mirror when he suddenly appeared in the background like an eagle out of the sky. He had arrived ahead of schedule and had taken me by surprise as those of the younger generation like to do and often do.
I had first encountered young Jeremy Sabugo some five or six years prior to this when he had come to St. Mary’s in Fairhaven, Ma. to deliver a vocation talk. He did not disappoint my congregation that weekend and he left a lasting impression on me personally. Then just weeks ago, in the company of Brother Michael Kamauoha, Brother Jeremy had made his final profession of vows as a Brother of the Sacred Hearts at St. Patrick’s Church in Kaimuki.
Brother Jeremy hails from Waialua on the north shore of Oahu and will be ordained a deacon on the Feast Of The Immaculate Conception at St. Patrick’s. He had been spending some retreat time on Topside Molokai with my classmate of great fame, Fr. Bill Petrie. Now Jeremy had come to visit Kalaupapa and to install for me a new laptop computer which he carried down the Kalaupapa trail on his sturdy young back.
Jeremy is not only a computer whiz but also a camera genius and does interviews like O’Reilly of Fox News. I have never been photographed or questioned so thoroughly. He enjoyed his overnight stay in Kalaupapa and did not suffer any ill effects from my cooking. He hopes to return again soon…..for more of the same. I do hope so also. Of course, as retiring quarterback Bret Favre once said, “All good things must come to an end.” So at noontime on his second day here Brother Jeremy, like the great Moses, took his staff in hand and started up the mountain trail to Topside. I waved him farewell on his journey to deaconate and to priesthood. Aloha.

Fr. Pat Killilea
St Francis Church, Kalaupapa.

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