Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am looking forward to sharing with you and our brothers and sisters this coming Saturday, Sept. 30. It appears that we have 150 members who pre-registered to attend this special event. What a blessing to be together, to renew our Franciscan promise, united in Christ!
The chosen work of mercy for this event is Seeds of Wisdom of South Sudan: Improving the future of South Sudan through education. (Please feel free to click on the above link for more information.)
“Seeds of Wisdom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and support of self-sustaining, Catholic-based learning centers focused on academic opportunities and health education in partnership with the people of the Republic of South Sudan.”
The REC is providing this opportunity to help the youth in Sudan (currently refugees in Uganda due to the civil conflicts.) Through any donation you feel comfortable providing, as a fraternity or individually, these students will have a better chance to overcome poverty and earn a wage to support themselves and/or their families as adults. This is purely voluntary… we will have a donation box available. The donations will go toward school supplies, office supplies, and wages for the instructors (many who are trained by American, Catholic volunteers) This would be a one time donation, but if your fraternity is moved to help them in the future, you can offer monthly or yearly donations online. We appreciate your generous support in our past events and thank you for your kindness and prayers for our brothers and sisters in need.As we gather together Saturday at Our Lady’s Chapel to participate in the Liturgy, may we pray for their well being, for food, shelter, health care, and education. Please forward this message to all your local members so they are aware of this monetary collection.
Note: The Co-Cathedral of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Bishop Barron’s newly assigned diocese, has literally built a school in S. Sudan for these students. They continue yearly fund-raising events and send volunteers to teach our Catholic faith and school related subjects. Would you consider helping out for this worthy cause?