President of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land to Visit United States

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Fr. Peter Vasko, President of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, is touring the U.S. to talk about the dire situation of the Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land.

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We must maintain the Christian heritage in this land.

Twice a year, Fr. Peter Vasko travels home to the United States in hopes of raising money and awareness for the marginalized Christians in the Holy Land.

A native of New York, Fr. Vasko entered the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land in 1981 and was ordained in 1987.

As the President of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, he is a man on a mission. Having spent 27 years in Jerusalem, he is intimately aware of the struggles that the Christians of the Holy Land experience on a daily basis.

He considers it an honor to help these "Guardians of Christianity". He says, "The mission is bigger than helping individuals and families, it is necessary to maintain the Christian heritage in this land where Jesus chose to be born, live and die."

Fr. Peter is starting off his visits in New York and traveling to Columbus, OH for the Cradling Christianity dinner and auction on September 5th. Bishop Frank Dewane, member of the FFHL Board of Trustees will be the keynote speaker.

On September 10th, he will spend five days of refreshment at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC and then onto San Antonio, TX.

Fr. Vasko is a compelling spokesman and public speaker. Couple that with his passion for the Holy Land and you have a formula for an informative, yet compassionate first-hand experience that awaits the attendees of his various functions.

On September 21, he will be conducting a meeting of the Board of Trustees in Atlanta, GA. FFHL currently has 19 Trustees from all parts of the country that serve on various committees.

Fr. Vasko will then travel onto Florida which has many supporters of the Foundation and from there he will return to Washington DC for the Vatican Embassy Dinner on October 12th. This event directly benefits the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land and His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, DD will be the keynote speaker for the evening.

His journey will conclude in New York from where he will depart for the Middle East on October 19th.

Fr. Peter laments, "Without Christians in the Holy Land, the Church will never be the same - the roots will be gone so how can the branches continue on. We must give a sense of hope to our fellow Christians; we must give them the means to stay."

Fr. Peter is available to conduct interviews, both in person and by phone. For further information, please contact droberts(at)ffhl(dot)org and visit our pressroom at .

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