The order, Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, is a community of disciples of Jesus and Mary composed of all vocations: priest, deacons, brother, sister and single and married laity.
Fr. John McHugh was a pilot who was shot down in combat in Germany in World War II. He was a prisoner of war, rescued by his sister!
Recently, while staying at the retreat center there on the grounds, I had gone down in search of some early morning coffee. I spotted Fr. McHugh, sitting quietly at one of the tables in the cafeteria. I quietly asked if I could join him. He was so kind, and gave me a quick history lesson of Texas, the Alamo, some war experiences, among other things.
Finding out I was a singer, and preparing to sing at the Shrine, he offered to sing me a song he had written. With eyes twinkling, he shared a most beautiful song on the Eucharist. I then sang him the song, “You are a Priest Forever.” We were both moved by the Holy Spirit. I realized that God comes to visit us when we least expect it, and from people of all age groups and backgrounds. We only need to be open and ready to receive Him.