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Goodbye, Fr. Mike

For someone who has not made any significant contribution to the growth of Bertie County Catholic community, I don't deserve any attention if I talk about its activities.

However, I feel obligated to pay tribute to the memories of the person whose persistence drove Filipinos at the county closer together.

Fr. Mike Langell, a Caucasian cleric in his late 60s had a reputation of introducing his homilies with an interesting story. I first became fascinated by his technique during his new year's eve mass that it made me crave for more. He was so down-to-earth that he touched the lives of the faithful with no one being aware of it.

It was late when I became interested about the pastor who united and reinforced the formation of very few Sunday mass attendees. But it was fascinating to note that the "rural missioner" had a wonderful life prior to being assigned at Bertie. A graduate of Athenaeum of Ohio in  1964 and a holder of a master of divinity from St. Meinrad School …
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