Circular No 269

Newsletter for past alumni of The Abbey School, Mt. St. Benedict, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
Caracas, 31 December 2006. No. 269
Dear Friends,
This is the LAST Circular, collectors’ item!
Here are additional greetings that were received after xmas.
Have a very merry Christmas!
Glen Mckoy
Monday, December 25, 2006 4:15:32 PM
Hello Ladislao,
Pics not important, Any how have a wonderful Xmas and a great new year with your family.
Thank you for all the emails you have sent me.
Hi to all my old buddies, yes I am still making jokes..
Love to all Glen & Hudson McKoy
Don Mitchell CBE QC
Monday, December 25, 2006 1:39:52 PM
Hi Ladislao,
We have Christmas dinner tonight.
There will be eighteen mouths to fill.
But, Maggie has got three others to help her with the cooking, so it is not too much for one person.
I hope Santa Claus comes to Caracas and did not remember everyone except you!
Sent: Monday, December 25, 2006 9:47 AM
Dear Maggie and Don
Hope you had a wonderful xmas eve.
The dinner was at your place?
My greetings to your mother, whom I remember quite well.
The numbers that you mention are in the making, most lack the photos that I prepare.
Also I am still reading the September emails.
God bless
From: Don Mitchell CBE QC idmitch@anguillanet.com
Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2006 10:25:35 PM
Hello Ladislao,
Good to hear from you.
I got No 264 up on the website right away.
I hope this means that you have Nos 252-263 in storage and ready to send out at a moment's notice!
Here's wishing you and yours have a quiet and restful day with the family.
Keep well.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 12:22:39 PM
Dear Fr Cuthbert
It is me, Andres Larsen, after a short pause of a few days.
Jan Koenraadt from the Netherlands, with whom I have exchanged e-mails lately, has specifically asked me to forward you his best Season's Greetings for Christmas 2006 and New Year 2007.
He apparently remembers you quite distinctly from his time at the Mount.
If you wish to get in touch with Jan Koenraadt directly, his current e-mail address is jankoenraadt@gmail.com
Just in case I am forwarding a copy of this e-mail both to Jan Koenraadt as well as to our coordinator Ladislao Kertesz.
Best regards
Andres Larsen
cuthbert lande wrote:
A Blessed and holy Christmas
a happy and healthy
Father Cuthbert.
Anthony Cintra
Monday, December 25, 2006 12:00:16 PM
Dear Ladislao, Amigo y Compadre,
Feliz Navidad.
We wish you and your family a very happy and Holy Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year.
With kind regards from Vancouver.
Anthony and Cintra Lucky,
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:57:30 -0400
From: "Rafael Echeverría"
HAPPY 2007
TO: GEORGE Mickiewicz
Dear George,
I am Rafael Echeverria … they called me CheChe ... I am a Mount Boy as well ... a much "later version" though ... 1962-1965 .... so we never met ... but you reflect my own feelings so well I could not avoid writing you these lines ... you mention a lot of students I also studied with after you left ... what a small world !!!!!!!
However ... you don't know how much I have enjoyed your intelligent remarks and beautiful stories ...
It is incredible how much your grandson resembles you .... I have two granddaughters already ...
Mount was really something wasn't it George ? ....
What a Blessing to be a Mount Boy ....
Rafael Echeverria ... CheChe
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From : Art & Val Knaggs
Sent : Friday, December 29, 2006 5:37 PM
Great work and joy you guys, really appreciate all that you do now.
Dearly Beloved,
It has been said 'better late than never'.
It is also quoted 'it is never too late to mend' (Mother of nine sewing up her husband's pyjama pants crotch).
I don't know really what this has to do with a wonderful, exciting time like Christmas, when we first reflect where we are, then celebrate His birth on that special day, then making our plans to change (New Years Resolutions and all that Jazz), and still fall right back into our same old natural ways and bad habits, within weeks of all these proclacations.
But before we glide into 2007, we need to Wish you all a Wonderful Christmastide (all 12 days), and a fabulous New Year; filled with all that we need to do, more so than we want to do.
It is really and truly a Spiritual turnover, as much as it is a physical and mental one. Love, in all it's five languages (plus it's various dialects) is the great motivator, in both the giving and receiving, so let us all continue in the Spirit of it all, each and every day of the coming Year.
We have had a fabulous year, tremendous blessings and meaningful memories, as we stand beneath the waterfall of abundance blessings that we experienced in 2006, and gratefully thank the Good Lord for it all.
We hope that you too have been similarly inspired by His great presence at the start once more of His recurring journey with us, as we wish you everything for this New Year ahead.
God be with you and yours.
All our love, as ever,
Art & Val
From: "Csaba Jakobszen"
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2006 23:35:01 +0100
Dear Ladislao,
I wish you and your family very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2007, with good health and a lot of success in all your endeavours.
Thank you very much once more for your continuous efforts to keep the Mount Boys informed and in touch with each other.
I am sure that all of us are very happy to have you realizing this work and helping to revive old friendships.
Attached I am sending you a picture of my wife, myself and my son Peter at the wedding of my oldest son which took place in Hungary.
Un abrazo
Elspeth O'Connor peth99@optusnet.com.au
Thursday, December 7, 2006 7:05:55 AM
Thought I'd wish you all a very Happy Christmas and God's blessings on you and yours for 2007.
This year I am doing things a little differently and trying to add a personal note to the newsletter and grouping some friends together.
Some of you we have not been in touch with for a while but thought it would be nice to be in touch as we have gleaned your addresses from other mail.
Some of you are Mount Old Boys.
Richard has enjoyed getting the circulars from Ladislao and reading all your news.
Thanks Paul for the family updates we sure have enjoyed them and keep adding to them from various sources.
Today we spent the day at one of the Seminaries for priests here which has a Mission outlook.
They have about 25 young men there.
We had Mass, lunch and a Prayer session.
It was very uplifting and a nice way to celebrate Advent!
The last two nights have been with the grand kids end of year celebrations.
We were very proud last night as Shannon (Geoff and Christine's daughter) who is graduating to High School won the Citizenship award from the two Grade 7 classes.
Alastair and Mary's grand-daughter Annalise also won a prize along with Sabrina Mew (Peter Mew's daughter) so we had a good representation of Caribbean influenced children with three out of about eight prize winners!!
I felt very proud for them all!
We had a nice visit from Patsy and Janice and their respective husbands during May and Janice brought her grand-daughter Brianne who had just finished University.
She enjoyed touring around while the oldies stayed in Perth and met people they knew and chatted their heads off!
It was nice for the four siblings to be together instead of Leary and Richard only having the Lange family!!
Well must go and see about dinner now.
Do write and give us news of yourselves and your family.
Richard joins me in wishing you all the best.
Love Elspeth
From: "Gmail Jan"
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 15:42:11 +0100
Dear Alumni,
Just for the fun I made some pictures of the Christmas marketplace in the centre of Munich where my son stays at the moment.
In the evening when it is dark the colours come out beautifully and clear with these digital camara's.
Maybe you like it to have a close peep what the shopping in Munich is like.
It's not about me, just common pic's for the fun as we walk along the street.
With these digital camera's it all costs nothing, without obligations.
I uploaded about 55 pictures in one big Zip-file of 175 Mb.
It will stay there for five days.
All you need to do is to click the link down below (or copy and paste it to your browser if the click doesn't work), and just download the zip-file to your hard disk and unzip it.
Greetings from
Jan and Berthy Koenraadt, the Netherlands
To: "Ache Rene & Joan"
From: "Nigel P. Boos"
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 11:14:43 -0500
With love and best wishes at Christmas time, to you and yours.
God bless us all.
Nigel and Jackie Boos
From: Tim Mew MHC
Sent: 12/18/2006 6:49:10 PM
To all out friends & family, who we did not have time send off a card, or did not have your address,
Merry Christmas!
Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season filled with peace& love.
Tim Mew & Family
There were many email cards that I have not included, maybe next time if I can electronically include them.
Thank you for the good wishes to all.
If I get newer emails, these shall be included in the next circular.
I know, I cannot fool you any more with the cry “This is the Last Circular”.
So it is the last of the year 2006 and next year we start again.
One more year, who would have guessed??? But it is thanks to your help!!!
God Bless
55RB0009, view from the school to the monastery.
56RB0002e7, base of the scout tower built at the swimming pool site.
56DA0001DAMTWR, The tower in all its majesty.

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