Neguri, Spain: As a pastor of souls, nothing gives me more joy than to see my parishioners growing in faith every day. Spiritual growth is a challenge in this day and age when many Christians in Europe, including Catholic Spain, appear to be drifting towards secularism and embracing moral relativism. Given its tradition of rubbing elbows with Spain’s rich and famous, one would think that Neguri would fit right into this mold. As most everyone knows in the Bilbao metropolitan area, Neguri is an exclusive neighborhood of palatial homes built in the beginning of the last century by Spain’s wealthiest families. Those captains of industry are credited for establishing the town of Getxo, where Neguri is situated, as their winter playground. They were drawn to the area because it is near pristine beaches and enjoys good weather all-year round. Thankfully, the strong winds of secularism which is— rightly or wrongly— often associated with the libertine lifestyle of the jet set has not touched my parish where the faithful express their deep spirituality not only by attending Mass and other religious services regularly but also, and more importantly, by having real concern for one another. It is a spiritual oasis for old-timers, Filipino expatriates and lately for young people who have formed a prayer group at Iglesia del Carmen.