Remembering Fr. Wasson
The sixth anniversary of Fr. Wasson's eternal rest.
August 6, 2012 - NPH International
While I had only met Father Wasson a hand full of times, I have heard amazing stories through my husband Marso, who is from the NPH home in Haiti, and his fellow NPH family members. I’d like to share one that exemplifies Father’s love for his children, patience, and perhaps even sense of humor. There were six older pequeños who had been sent from various homes to live in Arizona. They started in Yarnell and eventually moved to Prescott to go to school at Yavapai College. Marso Marseille (Haiti), Miguel Louis (Haiti), Marlon Valasquez (Honduras), Alfredo Hernandez (Mexico), Raul Duran (Mexico), and Tigre (Mexico) were all living together with Father in one of his homes in Prescott.
Just like any of the NPH homes, there were chores to be done as it was important to maintain a sense of responsibility. They all had to clean, cook, and do yard work. One particular spring afternoon these six young men went outside to assess the yard work, and looking at the yard thought, “Wow. There sure are a lot of weeds that need to be pulled here.” So, they got started right away. Walla Jordan, one of Father’s long time secretaries and who was a tremendous help with the guys in Prescott, came to the house as they were finishing. She got out of her car, put her hands on her head, and started. She was not happy to say the least with their work. Father came outside to see what the commotion was. These six guys had not only pulled the weeds, but they also pulled out all the flowers, bushes, and beautiful landscaping. They simply did not know, and thought they were doing a great job. Father calmed down Walla and said, “Why are you so upset Walla?” Walla just shook her head and Father continued, “It’s okay my sons. We can go and get more to plant.”
Fr. Wasson in Yarnell, Arizona.
As August 16th approaches, NPH would like to dedicate this month to the remembrance and celebration of Father William Wasson’s life. While many people know him in different capacities, there are definite similarities related to everyone’s experiences with him and NPH. These similarities run deep into the foundations of his character, the amazing person he was, and the incredible work he was so passionate about.
If you can, take some time to look at some of the things on this page as there is a colorful collage of his work, other people’s work related to Father and NPH, and a collection of memories that will surely bring some tears and inevitable smiles. It will be a trip down memory lane for those that knew him and a great experience for those who did not to learn more about him, the people he touched, his philosophies, aspirations, and successes.
If you would like to leave a message for Father Wasson, please email it to email@example.com. At the end of the month, we will collect all the responses and take them to Yarnell, AZ where he lies in rest.