Reflections
Rev. Ramon A. Salomone, SJ

Week 9 - January 26, 2015
Entered -- August 1951
Took Vows -- August 1953
Ordained -- June 1965
  
Fr. Salomone speaks of his time in Nigeria where he served as Regional Superior, Novice Master and in other priestly capacities.
  
Her name was Beatrice. She occupied the third bed on the right as you entered the "Women's Weak Home" as it was called. All her worldly possessions were under or around her bed. Beatrice was a leper and Weak Home was the name given to the long, one-floor bungalows that housed the residents of The Ossiomo Specialty Hospital about an hour's drive outside of Benin City, Nigeria. Beatrice, while only slightly disfigured, was blind as a result of her leprosy. She was one of a hundred or so such residents at Ossiomo.
 
Lepers never have it easy and lepers in Nigeria suffer an almost biblical-like ostracizing from their villages and their families. Twice a week one of the priests from St. Joseph's Parish in Benin City drove out to Ossiomo to say Mass, once in the private community chapel of the Daughters of Charity Sisters who so graciously staffed the hospital and ministered to the lepers, and once in one of the Weak homes.
 
Frequently, the novices from the novitiate, also in Benin City, and I would join them. What has always stayed with me from those trips was the childlike joy and gratitude that these people displayed whenever the novices came to visit with them. Beatrice was singular in that regard. Once she sensed that we were in the home, she broke out in smiles and cheers of "Alleloo," and "Welcome Brodas." The residents sang and clapped their hands and banged on drums during Mass. One of the novices would translate my halting homily into 'Pidgin English" for them. Beatrice was notable throughout for her "alleloos" and thumps on her tambourine. She lived up to her name.
 
What an unforgettable and moving privilege it was to spend a few hours with these extraordinary people. I don't know what heaven will be like, but I do know that I look forward to meeting a transformed, restored and even more beatific Beatrice, and hearing once again her "Alleloos and Welcomes."


Rev. Charles A. Frederico, SJ
Br. Christopher Derby, SJ
Rev. Thomas E. Roach, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Hughes, SJ
Rev. Mario M. Powell, SJ
Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ
Rev. Donald M. Ward, SJ
Mr. Jason G. Downer, SJ
Rev. Christopher Fronk, SJ
Rev. John C. Wronski, SJ
Rev. Francis X. McAloon, SJ
Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ
Rev. Christopher G. Llanos, SJ
Rev. Ugo R. Nacciarone, SJ
Mr. Kevin C. Spinale, SJ
Rev. James W. Moore, SJ
Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, SJ
Rev. James J. Miracky, SJ
Rev. George T. Williams, SJ
Rev. Cesare Campagnoli, SJ
Rev. Anthony P. SooHoo, SJ
Rev. William E. Stempsey, SJ
Rev. Bruce R. Bavinger, SJ
Mr. Patrick C. Nolan
Rev. William R. Campbell, SJ
Rev. Ignatius "Hadi" Sasmita, SJ
Rev. Brian Conley, SJ
Rev. Anthony J. Azzarto, SJ
Mr. Timothy W. O'Brien, SJ
Br. Jonathan J. Stott, SJ
Rev. Michael F. Tunney, SJ
Rev. Joseph J. Hayden, SJ
Rev. Thomas J. Kenny, SJ
Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ
Rev. Mark Hallinan, SJ
Rev. David J. Collins, SJ
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, SJ
Rev. Daniel M. Ruff, SJ
Rev. Thomas L. Sheridan, SJ
Rev. Matthew S. Monnig, SJ
Rev. Charles L. Moutenot, SJ
Rev. Andrew N. Downing, SJ
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, SJ
Rev. Ramon A. Salomone, SJ
Br. Robert L. Carson, SJ
Rev. Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Mr. Vincent J. Marchionni, SJ
Rev. William A. Barry, SJ
Rev. John P. Mulreany, SJ
Rev. Bruce T. Morrill, SJ
Rev. Eugene M. Geinzer, SJ
Rev. Joseph G. Marina, SJ



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