Blog posts : "Updates 2021"

December 2021 Update

A frosty hello to all!

    Days are shorter and colder, but nothing like the days I remember from my youth in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin! But here we have no way of warming homes or heaters in cars. The wind from the Lao mountains just north o…

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November 2021 Update


    October saw a hurried response to the Covid outbreak in the Nongkhai province. The staff received their second jab of vaccine, with no one having any severe repercussions. Our children ages 12 on up received the…

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October Update

Happy Halloween!

Life for the kids during the last few months has been hectic and confusing. Early last month, they returned to school, after online study because of a Covid break out. Within a few days schools closed again, since a government sch…

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September 2021 Update

After three months, we finally got what looks like a short monsoon season. The monsoons usually begin in late May, not late August. Up to this point, there was flooding north of us in China, and south of us in the Malay Peninsula, but we would get on…

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August 2021 Update

Friends of Sarnelli!

    Thank you so much for your donations for the children here at Sarnelli House. Donations from people here in Thailand are way down, and good Buddhist folks can’t come to make merit by feeding the multitude of runts we have,…

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July 2021 Update

    The year is already half over, and the dreary presence of Covid looms larger and larger in the Kingdom. The children don’t complain much, but for others who graduated, got a job and then lost the job, thanks to Covid shutting down the country, it…

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June 2021 Update

Dear Friends of Sarnelli House,
    Like every other country, Thailand is experiencing the third wave of Covid 19, which has brought over 1,000 deaths so far. For a year, we were sailing along with the virus largely under control. But Covid…

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May 2021 Update

    In the seminary, about 65 years ago, we had a song “Tis the merry month of May”. Well, there isn’t too much merriment this year! Covid has finally reached the Mekong River, after being in the country for way over a year. Being an old man with hea…

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April 2021 Update

Happy Easter!

    The hot season ushered in Easter this year, with heat indexes up to 110 degrees F. And worse is yet to come. Sarnelli has a new priest, just ordained, who took Holy Week services at Don Wai, helping the pastor. Fr. James also had…

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March 2021 Update

March 2021

Dear All,

    Thanks to Covid, the children are making up for missed school days, so when the semester and school year will close is anybody’s guess. The kids are patient, though. They have been through so much this past year that th…

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February 2021 Update

February 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day!

    The long, miserable cold snap is a thing of the past, although the weatherman tells us another round of cold weather is coming, and that will be followed by rain. That would be our “Mango rains”, which…

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January 2021 Update

    At New Year’s Day Mass with the kids, we all prayed that the new Year of the Ox would be better than the old Year of the Rat. But the threat of Covid has closed schools up along the Mekong River for at least a week, and big gatherings of people…

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