Update from La Esperanza
Photo by Carlos Lira
||Shana Harrison and Alain Quellaien.
Thanks to the write-up about La Esperanza that
was printed in the Divinity magazine and published on the
Internet, Alain Quellaien’s family found him and proved all of our
previous information to be incorrect!
After being in contact via Internet for several
months, Alain’s niece Priscilla, who found him while doing Internet
heritage research, came to visit. The encounter was storybook fantasy
come true. Alain and Priscilla had previously only known each other
through photos, but that was not evident as Alain set his eyes on
his niece for the first time ever. Grace and pure joy abound as
Alain ran to embrace Priscilla. Celebration filled the day as Alain
came to know Priscilla, her son Liam, and fiancé Nelson.
This joyous encounter was followed by yet another
one week later as more of Alain’s family came to see him, including
one of his half-sisters! Alain’s face radiated as he re-encountered
his sister and got to know his niece Paula and his great niece (age
four months). He expressed his love and pride in his gentle way,
holding the baby and admiring her, and his profound happiness in
his playful way of constant hugging and clowning around with his
nieces and sister.
The entire community of La Esperanza has celebrated
with Alain the discovery of his family, and we rejoice in gratitude
to God for this beautiful experience and opportunity to incorporate
Alain’s family into the family of La Esperanza.
Remembering Donn Michael Farris
Donn Michael Farris
In the Spring issue of Divinity magazine,
I was sorry to read of the death of Donn Michael Farris who served
for over four decades as the divinity school’s librarian. The Duke
Divinity family is truly diminished by his passing.
Back in 1957 and before the era of computers,
my 375 page dissertation—“ The Christian Ethical Theory of Bishop
Francis J. McConnell” had to be typed in quadruplicate. Donn Michael
served as my copy editor and personally accompanied me as we drove
to Greensboro to the company that would bind the copies.
“Walter,” Donn Michael said forcefully, “Walter,”
Donn Michael said forcefully, “last year one of my charges had an
accident on the way to Greensboro.
His car caught on fire and all copies of his dissertation
were burned up. I won’t risk letting that happen to you.” My remonstrance
that I was a good and careful driver was in vain.
With the original copy guarded preciously on his
lap, Donn Michael rode “shotgun” with me to Greensboro. The other
three copies were strategically located in the trunk and back seat!
I have never forgotten this act of kindness and his gracious manner.