[Image description: photograph of a volleyball field in a courtyard, at light, lit up. The photograph is looking down on the court, as if taken from a window on a high floor in a nearby building.]

September 27, 2015

Just got back from the final championship game of the Mar Elia volleyball tournament. Great fun to watch some really pretty outstanding volleyball, and be mercilessly bugged by children who couldn’t figure out if they wanted to greet… Read More

September 26, 2015

I really needed to spend some time alone in my hotel room this Saturday morning, ignoring the phone and the quiet knocks at my door from my buddy Ramadan who is part of the room cleaning service here…. Read More

[Image description: selfie of Fr. Chris and Waze, and two of his family members.]

September 25, 2015

Good morning my friends! Some night last night. Went to a party at an Armenian club and met Wahe’s (my friend, translator and driver) extended family: his son and his wife and his four daughters and their husbands… Read More

[Image description: selfie Fr. Chris, who has a beard, and Fr, Douglas Bazi. They are riding in a car, Fr. Bazi is in the driver's seat.]

September 24, 2015

Father Douglas Bazi, my friend and our partner in Iraq, and, I guess, some Iraqi hitchhiker he picked up who’s badly in need of a shave. I find the faithfulness, resourcefulness and dedication he brings to caring for… Read More

September 22, 2015

Friends, it’s really hard to know where to start. I’ve just had one of the most amazing days of a, shall we say, not uneventful life. I woke to a beautiful day and tour of Ankawa from Wahe,… Read More