Maryknoll Cochabamba 1971

Back Row #4
Pete Chabot, Jim Dyer, Ziggy Jamroz, Fred Zierten, Larry Burns glasses, Tom Higgins, John Gallagher, Bro. Charlie Herschle, Larry Dugas, Dan Hemesath 1/2, Gus Kircher 1/2, Mike Ruck

Back Row #3
Art Kiernan, Bill Coy, Jack O'Brien, Jim Haran, Mike McNamara, Jim McCluskey, Bill Boteler, John Gorski, Charlie Brown bp, Chris Gibbons, Jim Courneen, Dick Ramsey, Bob Franzen??, Bernie Garrity

Middle short #2
Art Prall kneel, Jim Fitzgerald, Bro. Casimir, Joe Gribbs, Jerry Ziggengeist

Front Row #1
Frank Pancho Higden, Denny Brown, Jake Esselborn, Bill Allen, John Logan Moran, John Turner, Bro Norby (Barry Norman? in Bolivia), Walt Johnson, Walt Valadon (Sam), Frank Ohara, Jim ----, Don ----

Three Mks very comfortable and happy at the bottom are: Lou Trudel, Paul Newpower and Charlie Winkler Missing Dave Walsh, Don Steed, Joe Kane, John Fowler, Frank Gerace
This photo accompanies the following story about Dennis Browne MM. It is on the lawn of the language school Cochabamba. Everyone is smiling. Denny is seated between Frank Higden and Jake Eselborn. About 24 have passed away. May they all welcome Denny again. A great group of men.

bill allen 57

Denny Browne lived his long missionary life in the tropical (hot) area of Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where the foot hills of the Andes fade into the flatter lands to the east by where river systems eventually, @1,000 miles, empty into the waters of Buenos Aires and the sea. He worked there as a parish priest in that area which provided a minimally marginal living for farmers generally producing soy (later), sugar, rice, yuca, bananas, vegetables and fruit. An unsuccessful land reform was effected after his arrival but political parties were unable to improve the lot of the general population. Into that vacuum entered the military dictators who subsequently arranged big bloc planters/owners to siphen off the profits of improved agricultural methods as well as the cultivation, processing, and distribution of the new Bolivian product, coca. A parish priest, therefore, could be called radical in the US, while the same could be more conservative while considering the pastoral among the poor. A time of great discussion and breaking barriers which eventually led to the present type of "majority rules" government, the aymara and quetchua indian. I never thought of Denny without the Father. To me he appeared to be a very spiritual person, strictly disciplined, but with an explosive laugh and smile with people. Like Frank Gerace, who lived with him, says, "he was a whirlwind of energy." Purposeful. Bolivia, at one time, had many Mk missioners assigned to it and we were assigned to 4 distinct areas.

I know our memories can be tricky, but I am pretty sure it was the summer of 1971 because I began my work in Chile in September of 1971 (when Salvador Allende was celebrating the first year anniversary of his election.) The second time I studied in Cochabamba was in 1981 when Jerry McCrane was the director.
On Jul 5, 2015, at 3:37 PM, Joe Picardi <> wrote:

Are you sure that was '71 and not '73 or early '74?  I see Bill Senger, who was in my ordination class ('73) and would have been there for the regular 6 month introductory course in '73/'74 before going on to Venezuela and I recognize Skip Flynn, Ray Finch, Steve DeMott, Pierre Herbert, Mike (?) who were probably all OTP  students (the program became mandatory after the '72 Chapter and was voluntary for a few years before that), and Sister Joan Murray who was in Ahacachi for my first few years there, along with Dave Ratterman. (I was in Coch  in the summer of my deacon year in '72 for an experimental 6 week crash course (6 hours a day of ALM !) , then for the regular 6 month course in the fall of '74 through '75 after my ordination ('73) and finishing my graduate nursing eduation ('74).Joe Picardi

On 7/5/2015 8:06 AM, Allen Scheid wrote:
Hi, Folks,

I think that photo I sent was taken in the summer of 1971. It was a group photo at the end of one of the language training sessions.  

Ray Hill invited me to serve in Chile as a lay missioner and covered my 3 months of training at the language school. (I had left the seminary a couple years before.) The Lay Missioner Program did not begin until 1975.

Allen Scheid

On Jul 4, 2015, at 10:58 PM, wrote:

Hi Al and frank,

In what year was this picture taken, Al?  Frank, what was the occasion/event of the picture in which you were not? 


On Jul 4, 2015, at 8:03 PM, Charles Winkler <> wrote: 
Thanks, Frank, for forwarding that great photo of the Bolivian gang. Thanks, Dan, for the restoration. Who can Photo Shop Frank to join the gang? 
On Jul 4, 2015, at 8:50 PM, FGerace < FG@LEERESPODER.COM> wrote: 

Hey john Logan Moran, Winkler, Newpower, Higdon, Zierten, 
Send this on to anyone whose email you have. A great pic (preserved by Bill Allen and restored by Dan Hemesath) with only one drawback. I am not in it. 

best,  Frank Gerace