38. First Communion at Kaugia Catholic Mission, 1968

Father Dominic Carmon SVD (now Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans) prepared a group of Nanu River kids for their First Communion. When they were baptised the year before, the kids asked me for suggestions on names, so I wrote some on the board. Instead of the usual Kontract (Conrad), or Connicondus (boing!), we ended up with an Ambrose, Sylvester, Elizabeth, Barbara, et al. Father Carmon was our near-neighbour. A lively and good-humoured man, he was very good company.

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