(HuffPo) November 22nd, 1963 started off with the thrill of anticipation for Rev. Oscar L. Huber, a Catholic priest who served as Pastor at the Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, Texas. The first Catholic President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was visiting town and would be passing not far from his church.
After watching the Presidentâ€™s arrival at the airport on TV, the priest walked down and witnessed the President and Jackie Kennedy drive by, smiling and waving as they passed. â€œIt was a thrilling moment for me as I had never before seen a president of the United States,â€ the priest admitted in a letter addressed to Mr. Frank Jasek, that is housed at the W.R. Poege Legislative Library at Baylor University.
Rev. Huber, who died in 1975, was a native of Perryville, Mo where his parents were famers. He joined the priesthood at age 40 as part of the Vincentian Order. After a series of appointments he arrived in Dallas as Pastor of Holy Trinity, one of the largest Catholic parishes in the city.
Pastor Huber recalled being in the church refectory having lunch after the exciting morning, when one of his associates learned from the television that the President had been shot and had been taken to Parkland Hospital, which was within the responsibility of Holy Trinity. [more, including video]