Tuesday May 22, 2018
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Dear Friends:

Many of you know my family's first language in the home was German.  My grandparents spoke it quite a bit – especially when they didn't want us to understand.  Indeed, Father Francis Schoenberg, S.J., who served many years at St. Joseph Parish in Yakima, used to hear confessions for German speakers from all over Yakima.  Yakima at one point had a large number of German speakers.
I think I'm the youngest person in Yakima that still speaks the German so prominent so many years ago!  Sunday's Morning Edition radio program did a feature on the Germans of Texas who have the same dialect as that of this area in Yakima.  You might want to read the story or listen to the actual German that was spoken.  Click here to read and hear: Click Here
+Bishop Joseph Tyson