Life’s Work: Chapter 7

Life’s Work: Chapter 7: The use of developed skills continue to serve more communities.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Kazim would use his skills as a computer specialist, multimedia artist, and website developer, to continue his community work. At this time he embarked on the project to develop a website for another college he attended while growing up in Trinidad and Tobago. The college was Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School.

Mt St Benedict by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist. Art showing college in Trinidad, Caribbean.

The website was created to support the ongoing and grand work of Ladislao Kertesz, and is on behalf of him (Ladislao Kertesz), Don Mitchell, Nigel Boos, and The Alumni Association. This website is in honor of their life’s work, the continual work they do to keep the Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School fraternity together.
Mt St Benedict Abbey School 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.
Ladislao Kertesz, for years, through his love for the alumni, has been creating and emailing circulars to past students. Don Mitchell publishes Ladislao Kertesz Circulars in a blog. And Nigel Boos handles a Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School database for the group. It is truly a labor of love on their part. And the Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School Alumni is so appreciative of their selfless work.

To accomplish the Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School website design & development, Kazim collected lots of photos, and researched information. He created albums of college reunions, functions, sporting events, etc., uploading and incorporating the photos in the college website. This involved his photo editing skills as well.

So for the most part, this Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School website design & development project was carried out during the latter part of 2007 and most of 2008. Kazim did website design & development for others as well. In addition, he had to maintain the websites he already created.

Arima, Trinidad 1 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.
However, in October, 2008, Kazim had to return to Trinidad for sure. A very dear family friend – they shared a very strong bond as children growing up, passed away. And this dear friend’s sister passed away the same week. He definitely wanted to support this family. You see back in 2001, when one of his older brothers passed away suddenly from a heart condition, he remembered during his grieving period the tremendous support he got from them.
So, he knew he had to give them his own support, especially their mom who he felt was courageous and he so wanted to share time with her and her family to somehow comfort them. So he decided to stay on and spend his first Christmas in Trinidad since he moved to the US some 18 years ago.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 11 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.

What coincided on this trip was that the Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School was having a reunion, and so he made the commitment to be there for some of the activities, to reconnect and reminisce of the time he had as a Mount boy. To walk the building and grounds as he did growing up as a boy was something he longed for many years in his adult life. It was ‘holy ground’ to him and to visit his Mount home again, was indeed so much a gift, even under the unpleasant conditions with this visit to his homeland.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 4 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim pictured in center of photo (wearing cap), with Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School past students gathered together for start of school tour.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 3 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.The Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School is now the New Life Ministries Rehabilitation Centre, run by the Living Water Community. Notice the sign on the wall behind some of the past students gathered for the college tour.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 2 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.New Life Ministries Member enlightening  Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School past students  before start of building and grounds tour.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 10 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim(left) with other Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School past students got to visit the Abbey School and Church grounds with a Church Service, and a walk down memory lane.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 7 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School past students family day in Mayaro, Trinidad, at a past student’s beach house, the next day which was a Sunday.

Since Kazim had just recently started the website for our Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School past students, a great bond ensued with them.
He got to meet with Don Mitchell for the first time, who encouraged him to continue his efforts with the website to support the tremendous work Ladislao and Nigel were currently doing and had made the Alumni so much vibrant.
This visit to Trinidad Kazim felt was a blessing to him, to meet and share and bond with his ‘Mount Brothers’.
He was so grateful for the time he shared with those he met for the first time, and his former classmates as well.
And, it was indeed truly wonderful for him to meet with the Present Mount Alumni Association officers, most of whom he knew personally when he attended school at the Mount.
While in Trinidad, after he had decided to stay on for Christmas 2008, he was invited to attend Alumni Association meetings with the officers, which he did, so he could better serve the group with their agendas.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 5 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim (seated in-front) first meeting with  Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School Alumni Association officers at Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 6 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Kazim (center), second meeting with  Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School Alumni Association officers at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 8 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.Mt. St. Benedict, Abbey School past students at funeral service for Fr. Benedict, early January, 2009. Kazim is 2nd from left. Next to Kazim is Jon Golding (wearing white shirt). Jon did a tremendous amount of work supporting the Mt. St. Benedict monks as a past student. Kazim so much appreciates Jon’s heart and dedication for this and his professional work, and is an inspiration.

Mt St Benedict Abbey School 9 by Kazim Abasali – The Empowering ARTist.After funeral service for Fr. Benedict, early January, 2009, Kazim meets with Mt. St. Benedict clergy. Kazim (extreme left) is next to Abbot John Pereira of Mt. St. Benedict. Kazim took photos during the service and provided the photos to Abbot John for Fr. Benedict’s family worldwide.


Kazim’s video of his Mount St. Benedict Abbey School Alumni Reunion 2008 in Trinidad. This video was uploaded on 31st December, 2008. A photo of Fr. Benedict in wheelchair is included in the video.


Kitty Marcus Video Tribute Mt. St. Benedict Abbey School, Uploaded on Oct 6, 2010. Hungarian by birth, Kitty Marcus at the age of twenty-one years arrived in Trinidad in November 1938 from Austria with her parents, fleeing from persecution from the Nazis. Kitty first came to Mount St Benedict a few weeks later on 27 November 1938, and stayed for the rest of her life. The gifts, the talents, the love and the devotion which Kitty brought with her from far-off Austria were shared abundantly over the years with the monks of the Abbey and with countless students and friends with whom she came in contact. Among other things, Kitty was as a Chemist at the Coconut Growers Association, and in the Sugar Technical Department of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, and at the Abbey School where she taught for twenty-two years.

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