Recollections of My Life and Reflections on Times and Events During It: A Memoir by Father W. J. Howlett

Assigned to Central City

"This year also the parish of Central City in the mountains became vacant by the death of Rev Finotti, an aged and learned ex-Jesuit, famous in the East but now in the West for relief from rheumatic and other pains. This was an important parish and moreover it was on the point of bankruptcy and its fall would be a catastrophe to the bishop, who was responsible for the debts of the parish and a lawsuit here would bring actions from other sides for claims he could not meet. The bishop tried to get an experienced pastor for this parish but failed, and finally sent me to do my best. This was first experience in bringing order out of the frenzied finance of my predecessors, and I went with nothing but good will and the grace of God."

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