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Fr. Tomas A. Carvajal-Basto,
Cleric Regular Theatine
Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Pueblo, Colorado

I was born in Homun, in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, 30 miles from Merida, the capital of the Yucatan State.  My family has been catholic ever since I remember, my Father’s Family were immigrants from Lebanon and Cuba and from my mother’s side Spanish and Mayan but more Mayan than Spanish.

Under the guidance of my God-Father and Pastor, Father Eduardo Pacheco, I was encouraged to learn French, and at the of 15 and immature I didn’t like it at all. I decided to learn Italian better than French and that is how my love for this culture started, first learning through music and art and then, through grammar and vocabulary.

I never realized that the greatest hits in Mexico, were mostly translations from Italian like Maledetta Primavera, Bella Signora, and many other songs from Nicola di Bari, Lucio Dalla, Marco Rancatti, Gianni Morandi, Fiordaliso, etc… It was exciting to know that most of the songs that I learned growing up were originally from Italian composers and singers. I love it!

Years after, I decided to take Italian as my second Language in the Pontifical University of Mexico, while studying Philosophy as part of my priestly formation. Who would guess that I will end up being send to Rome, to complete my theological studies.

Two weeks after arriving at the general house of the Theatine Fathers, The Sant´Andrea della Valle Basilica, in the heart of Rome. Father Antonio and I were sent to the Vatican to take some blessings at the Elemosineria Apostolica, which is an agency on the left wing of the Vatican City. Somehow, we ended up at the general audience with Pope St. John Paul II, to my surprise the first face I saw going through the hundreds of People there, was Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya´s face, (may He rest in peace) It was like if a little piece of the States and Colorado was right there in his smile with Sister Andrea Vazquez, and I must be honest, I cried while hugging Bishop.

That was also like a good message telling me that everything was going to be not only good but great.

It was hard to say goodbye to Bishop Tafoya and return to my house and start my formation at the Gregorian University in Rome.

Years after we had the opportunity to attend the funeral of St. John Paul II, with my classmates and thousands of people gathered in Rome.

As part of The Theatine International College, we had the chance once a year to serve during any of the solemnities available at the Vatican, we had to be super sharp and shaved, which I did not follow, Pope Benedict made note of my goatee with the motion of his finger around it and asked me ¨what is that?¨ A little after he shook his head looking at me because I was so engrossed and excited in watching him, that I didn’t notice the thurible with lit charcoal next to my hand that I had to shake after feeling the heat of the thurible.

To experience the “Eternal City” was a good way to deepen into the Italian culture with its particular Romanity that Church life has. Rome, Italy, the heart of faith and culture!

Fr. Tomas is an Associate Member and valued guest columnist for
Sons of Italy Lodge 2738

Truth Be Told Radio Interview with Tony Sweet on UBN Radio regarding blatant attempts to alter Historical Facts and redraft social behavior and our ongoing resistance allowing this to be accomplished...
 Columbus - and now...the rest of the story -- as Paul Harvey used to say...

The Immigration Era’s Effect on New York Today

Italians Whom Have Impacted Our World in Science, Fashion, Driving, Entertainment, Fashion, and much more...

Giovanni Verazzano
Otorino Respighi
Amedeo Modigliani
Giuseppe Verde
Umberto Eco
Lee Iacocca
Dino de Laurentis
Guglielmo Marconi
Amerigo Vespucci
Niccolo Paganini
Carlos Marcello
Gianni Versace
Federico Fellino
Sophia Loren
Primo Levi
Roberto Benigni
Giacomo Pucchi
Monica Belucci
Cosimo de Medici
Sara Errani
Elsa Schiaparelli
Antonio Vivaldi
Lorenzo Ghiberti
Giada de Laurentis
Lucrezia Borgia
Christine de Pisan
Marco Polo
Rudolph Valentino
Artemisia Gentileschi
Giovanni Giacomo Casanova
Arturo Toscanini
Vitorio Missoni
Miuccia Prada
Isabella Rosselini
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Carla Bruni
Luciano Benneton
Franco Zeffirelli
Luchiino Visconi
Renata Tebaldi
Antonio Salieri
Roberto Rosselini
Salvatore Quasimodo
Emilio Pucci
Luigi Pirandello
Giocanni Pico della Mirandola
Luciano Pavarotti
Andrea Palladio
St. Philip Neri
Aldo Moro
Alberto Moravia
Maria Montessori
Marcello Mastroianni
Giacomo, Marquis of Vacello Medici
Marcello Mastroianni
Felippo Emilio Marinetti
Anna Magnani
Niccolo Machiavelli
Mario Luzi
Francisan Filippo Lippi
Enrico Fermi
Guiseppe Garibaldi
Alcided de Gasperi
Renato Dulbecco
Vittoria de Sica


OSIA  2738 Newsletter - be sure to read the preface article on Columbus Day...

OSIA Heritage

Columbus Day Celebration

Italian Foods & Wine

Links to other great Italian sites

Italian Embassy

Lodge Membership Application


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Everybody knows Italians have great food - If you don't believe me... watch Sebastian's discussion of Passover Meal (below) and he'll explain!

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Homemade Pasta

Homemade Ravioli

Homemade Tortellini

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How to ask Italians About Favorite Food

How to Order food in an Italian Restaurant

Fresh Pasta - Fabio Viviani

The Wanderer (Dion) - Sometimes B&W is still cool!

Twenty Rules Italians Never Break

Cultural Meals - Sebastian Maniscalco

American Entertainers: 1930, 1940, 1950 - Italian Roots

Holiday in Rome, Italy

Laugh Break, more Sebastian...

NIAF (National Italian American Foundation)

Challenges of Assimilation Into American Life

Italian-Americans Breaking Through Videos

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