All went well

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First an update on our grandson….

The bone marrow transplant was done yesterday.  Grandson and his 12-year-old donor sister are “fine.”  All went well.

Now grandson embarks on another journey.  Most children develop mucisitis a few days after the graft/transplant.  It is a miserable and painful affliction which causes blisters and sores on the mucous membrane, – so lips, mouth and down the intestinal tract.  It becomes excruciatingly painful to eat and swallow so a naso-gastric tune is inserted to ensure they are nourished.   The tube will be inserted today or perhaps tomorrow pre-emptivley, the idea being to get it down before the blisters and sores start:  it’s no great joy to have an n/g inserted, but much much better when the mucous membranes of the body are intact.

So, keep the prayers going, the prayers now being that his body accepts his sister’s bone marrow.  It’s a difficult and painful road ahead, but well worth it all to get bone marrow which does it’s job.


We’re leaving for Scotland and Ireland in about two hours!  I’m tell people I don’t recall ever have two such strong and conflicting emotions co-existing within my being.  It’s really strange.   Anyway, now that the day has come I truly am excited about this trip with our grand-daughters.    We are all excited.  And we will have a great time.  Every day is full.  I promised our grandson I will take him along with us in pictures.

So, I will keep you updated on our travels and on grandson’s condition.  For reasons of space and weight and reliability I decided not to take my laptap.  It’s old, and its  a beast and is frought with problems.  I will therefore keep in touch via my tablet.  The tablet isn’t the greatest,  but I can use it to post updates.     If I can find a way to post a few pictures as we travel the Emerald Isle I will do so.  There should be a way, and I really would love to share the trip with you through pictures.  Something nice to meditate on for a change.

You may have noticed that I removed the Contact link from the menu.  I just can not answer emails right now, so decided that this would be the best approach.  You can still post comments.  I should have opportunity to moderate comments daily, however, that may not always be the case – there are rural areas of Ireland where connections are. I believe,  either spotty or non-existent.

Please post links to articles of interest.

I must go and get myself ready to get out the door.

Enough for now,


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Unable to open new pages where new ones needed

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Another one of those ‘read it and weep’ articles:  for so so many reasons.

28 June 2018:  Accused priests. Millions in quiet payouts. And it was all kept on a list

Time is scarce for me right now, so I am unable to open new pages where new pages need to be opened, and I am unable to spend the time I would like to spend finding out as much as I possible can about the the following priests  referenced in the article .  For now I will post a little on each with the hope that in the weeks to come there will be opportunity to get those pages put together and posted:

(1) Father Charbonneau

The Father Charbonneau mentioned  must be  one of the two Charbonneau brothers  I referenced a number of years ago in this blog .  Father Paul A. Charbonneau was ordained in 1948:  Father Robert A. Charbonneau was ordained in 1953.  The former was a co-owner of Bishop Euegen Larocque’s cottage, Quom Bonum

(2)   Father Francis Freiburger cr

 Father Francis Freiburger cr – also went by Father Frank Freiburger, was a Resurrectionist priest who was born near Formosa Ontario, ordained 1918 as a priest for an order known as the Congregation of the Resurrection.  He served in both the United States and Canada until his death in 1965 at which time he Rector at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Waterloo.    Over the years he served in various capacities and for various periods of time – some very brief –  in Ontario, specifically in Hamilton, Dundas, North Bay, Kitchener.

Scroll down to page 68 in the following document  for a good idea of where he was and when:

Reference Father Francis Friebburger cr

(3) Father Ulysse Achille Lefaive

Here is Father Lafaive’s obituary from the Windsor Star:

LEFAIVE, Rev. Ulysse Achille Passed away September 25, 2010, in his 86th year. Dear son of the late Achille and Aurore (nee Desmarais). Predeceased by siblings Antoinette (1996) & husband Leo Parent (1996), Jean Paul Lefaive (1979), Angeline (2008) & husband Doran McEachern (1986), Isabel (1998) & husband Vic Wyatt (1975), Fern Lefaive (1978), and Louis Lefaive (2002). Survived by sisters-in-law Jeanette Lefaive of Windsor and Winifrid Lefaive of Ottawa, and many nieces and nephews. Father Lefaive was ordained on June 11, 1949, in St. Peter’s Cathedral in London, ON. He joyfully served the people of God in parishes in Essex & Kent Counties as Pastor at St. Michael’s, Ridgetown (1968- 1979); St. Thomas the Apostle, Windsor (1979- 1988); and St. Alphonsus, Windsor (1988-1997), and many other parishes as an associate Pastor. Father Lefaive served on the Roman Catholic Cemetery Board, and the Windsor Coalition for Housing. He also served for 10 years as Chaplain and 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Bishop John T. Kidd Council #4924 and as 4th degree member of the Assembly #1789 Right Rev-erend Wilfred J. Langlois Council in Windsor. Fr. Lefaive was also a celebrant of Latin Masses (Cursillo) for many years. If you so desire, donations to the St. Peter’s Seminary or to the Scarborough Missions would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Wednesday 2-4 pm & 6-9pm with Parish prayers at 7:30pm and Knights of Columbus prayers at 8 pm at FAMILIES FIRST 1065 LAUZON RD. East Windsor 519-969-5841 On Thursday, family and friends are invited to meet after 10am at St. Alphonsus Church (85 Park St E.), followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Bishop Fabbro to celebrate. Interment St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at .

(4)  Father Ron Reeves

Father Ronald W.  Reeves sfm was, like Rev. John Stock, a priest with an order known as the Scarborough Foreign Missions.  He was ordained 21 November 1935.  He served in China until 1950.  In 1960 he was serving   at the parish in Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

He served at Our Lady of Sorrows, Windsor, Ontario from 1969-1974.  In the mid 80s he had an address in Harrow Ontario


Father Howard Chabot, a priest with the Diocese of Pembroke, Ontario died on Tuesday.  Here is his obituary:

Obituary for Rev. Howard Chabot

Reverend Howard Leo Chabot
1940 – 2018
Reverend Howard Leo Chabot, priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pembroke, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 77. Father Chabot was born in Arnprior, Ontario, on August 28, 1940. He attended elementary and high school in Arnprior, St. Mary’s Redemptorist College, Brockville, St. George’s Novitiate of the Redemptorist Fathers, St. Augustine’s Seminary and the Grand Seminary of Montreal. He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination having been ordained to the priesthood on May 4, 1968 in his home parish of St. John Chrysostom, Arnprior, by Bishop William J. Smith. Shortly after ordination, Father Chabot attended the Divine Word International Centre in Scarborough. Father was Parochial Vicar in the parishes of Our Lady of Mercy, Bancroft, and St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, as well as serving at Our Lady of Sorrows, Petawawa. As parish priest, he served the parishes of St. Paul the Hermit, Sheenboro, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Braeside, Most Holy Name of Jesus, Pembroke, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, LaPasse and Our Lady of Grace, Westmeath, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Pembroke. In addition to his parish work, Father Chabot served in the diocese as Director of Catholic Social Services, the Office of the Lay Apostolate, the Office of Religious Education, member of the Priestly Life Committee, Zone Chairman of the Pembroke Pastoral Zone and the Office of Vocations. He also exercised his many talents as chaplain of the Pembroke Police Services, as Probation/Aftercare Children’s Services Division of the Pembroke Community and Social Services as well as chaplain to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Pembroke. After such an extended and lengthy ministry, Father Chabot entered retirement on July 31, 2005. However, Father Chabot did not retire to sit quietly: even in retirement from full-time parish ministry, he led workshops and preached retreats and days of recollection in many parishes and smaller groups. Preceded in death by his parents George and Cecelia Chabot (nee Cleroux), by infant brother Joseph, by brother Dalt (Judy) Chabot, and by sisters Doris (Des) Herrick and Mildred (Wib) Clarke. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and Clergy Faithfull of the Diocese of Pembroke. All are invited to the Rite of Reception of the Body at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Monday, July 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. Following the Rite of Reception, friends may pay their respects until 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, presided by His Excellency, Bishop Michael Mulhall, will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:30 a.m. also at St. Columbkille Cathedral. Following the funeral liturgy, interment will take place in the Malloch Road Cemetery, Arnprior. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul would be appreciated. Honoring Father Chabot’s wishes, the Mission with John Pridmore being held at St. Columbkille’s Cathedral, Pembroke on October 1-3, 2018 will proceed. Arrangements are in the care of Neville Funeral Home, Pembroke.


I will try my very best to find out when the next court date for Fathers Barry McGrory and Ronald Leger are.


The chemo and drug regime continues for our grand-son.  Yesterday was a a pretty rough day, but by day’s end he was feeling considerably better.

Please please keep the prayers going.

Enough for now,


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Just not possible

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Previously convicted Archdiocese of Ottawa priest Father Barry McGrory has a court date in Ottawa this morning:

26 June 2018: 10:15 am, pre-trial discovery,  Ottawa courthouse (161 Elgin St.)

As much as I would love to be there it’s just not possible.

Please keep the victims and complainants in your prayers.


Please keep the prayers for our 16-year-old grandson going.  Today he starts on a chemo-drug regime to prepare for his bone marrow transplant next Monday.  He is handling this crisis so well.  We are so very proud of him.

Thank you again to all who have offered prayers.  There are countless examples over the past weeks of prayers heard and answered.  Please don’t stop praying.  Those prayers are needed over the next few weeks more than ever.

Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.


There has been little opportunity to get much accomplished on Sylvia’s Site.  When I can I do post a few articles, often with a comment.  Check New to the site.  

I will post what and when I can.  Meanwhile, please  post links to articles which you believe would be of  interest to those who follow Sylvia’s Site.

Enough for now,





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All went well

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We got home shortly after 10 pm last night.  This one of those rare times that I have difficulty saying it’s good to be home 🙁 Our hearts are back in Cincinnati.

Anyway, the trip went well.  Weather was beautiful, and, with rare exceptions, traffic was light.

There is no significant change with our grandson’s condition.  His sister – the donor – started a series of tests yesterday.  Nine vials of blood!  All went well .

Please keep the prayers going.  They will be needed for at least the next few weeks.  I will keep you posted

Hopefully I will be free to post a few articles as catch up next week.


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Leaving is painful

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We are heading for home in the morning.  For a variety of reasons decision made that the trip to Ireland with grand-daughters will carry on.  We will be back to Ohio as soon as the trip is over.

Our grandson’s chemo will start in a week to ten days.  This is part of the preparation for the bone marrow transplant.  His little sister (the donor) starts a series of tests tomorrow.

Leaving is painful.

Keep those prayers going. There are difficult days ahead.


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Good day yesterday

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A big day yesterday.  We finally got the news; two of our grandson’s little sisters are matches ☺  The 12-year-old will be the donor.  One other genetic test – the last – is due back today.  That determines how they will prepare him for the transplant.   So, a meet with doctors tomorrow to discuss what lies ahead.

And, yesterday they found a house!

Prayers answered!

Keep the prayers going.  There is a tough road ahead. Portions of grandson’s blood work which were already virtually bottomed out are still dropping.   He is extremely vulnerable to infection.  I think a week to two weeks till he is ready forbthe transplant.

Thank you all for your prayers.  Please keep praying






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Big day today

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Big day today – we’ll find out if there is a sibling match for bone marrow transplant, and, son in law and rest of family should arrive this afternoon from Nebraska.

Another run up to Dayton yesterday to look at two houses.  No luck.  The hunt on the housing front continues. So time consuming- and takes daughter away from her son and hospital.  Grandpa stays at hospital , but mom wants to be there too.  Pray for the right house at the right price soon.



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The best laid plans

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The days have been amazingly busy.  Little chance to get near a computer, and by days end we are just ready to  crawl into bed and have a good night’s  sleep.

Our grandson is holding his own, blood levels being maintained at reasonable threshold with transfusions as required.   You would never for moment know by looking at him how very I’ll he is. He’s still pale, but has so much more colour than he did a week ago.

On Monday we will find out if one of his siblings is a match to be a bone marrow donor.   There is one more test to come back to rule genetics out or in as cause for  the a plastic anemia. All viral tests have come back negative.

If there is a sibling match for donor then the process starts to prepare for the transplant.  If there is no sibling match they will start an immunosuppresant drug regime , the idea basically being that the immune system is probably attacking the bone marrow and to try to stop that.   The results aren’t too exciting, and not infrequently the next step is a bone marrow transplant  from an unrelated donor.

We’re  praying there is a sibling match!

Yesterday and today we went in  to Dayton house hunting.  We head in after the doctors have made rounds.  This is a good time to try to find a house because everything is under control right now , and our son is here to happily drive hus sister from house to house house.

No luck yet 😔

Our son-in-law and the rest of the family head here tomorrow from Nebraska.  They will arrive on Monday.

Our daughter’s name is on the Ronald MacDonald house waiting list.  It takes about 14 to 16 days to get in.  I have a new found appreciation for these places!  What a necessary service they provide in the midst of so much heartache and confusion.

Anyway, we’ll  see what Monday brings.  Not sure yet how long we’ll  be here.  We are supposed to heading  for Ireland early July with our two 18-year-old granddaughters , one the older sister of our sick grandson.

Everything is up in the air.  The most important thing right now our grandson .  The best laid plans of mice and men….

Keep the prayers going.   They are being heard and answered in countless small ways.



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Another world

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We’re still waiting for results from blood work.  We should know by weekend if any of our grandsons siblings can be a bone marrow donor.

Busy days at hospital.  Doctors have been so good and staff are wonderful.

We are meeting other Moms in the hospital – it’s  amazing what they have been and continue  to go through.  Some have been in the hospital with sick child for months – miles and miles from home and trying to keep a normalcy and interaction with their other children while hovering at the bedside of a critically ill child. It’s another world.

We’ll see what today brings.  Our grandson is in good cheer and taking this new and very unwelcome chapter in his life in stride.  Our daughter is holding in there – missing her other children and working on the logistics  if getting them here and having them cared for when her husband starts a new job in another city, plus trying to house  hunt!  An awful situation, but am realizing that in this world she is far from unique and in fact there are many many who are in worse situations.

In the midst of the chaos prayers are being answered.  Little things.  Important things.


















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No real news

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There’s  no real new news from today.  Doctors are  still waiting for results from various  tests before determining the way ahead.   Our grandsons bone marrow is 10% functional – as one doctor said, 0%, 10% – really jo difference.  He is totally reliant on blood and transplant transfusions.

He is pale, – dark circles under his eyes, but is reading, playing games and chatting.  He’s also so enjoying all the Canadian chocolates and ketchup potata chips which are jammed into his bedside table 😊

We’re still waiting for results of tests done to determine if any of  his siblings would be a good marrow donor .  Pray that one is.

Still so very impressed with hospital and staff.  There are patients here from all over world.  Our grandson is in good hands.

Keep the prayers going.


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