Ohio group to hold dinner to support Franciscans in the Holy Land

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Cradling Christianity will be hosting its annual fundraiser to benefit the work of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.

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Cradling Christianity group with Fr. Peter Vasko, ofm at the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land Columbus Region's 2015 benefit dinner.

It is our mission as Cradling Christianity to help preserve and foster the lives of Christians in the Holy Land by supporting the work of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. -Chuck Mers

An Ohio group called Cradling Christianity is the Columbus, Ohio region of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. They will be hosting a benefit dinner to support the Franciscans in the Holy Land in their difficult work to preserve the Christian presence there.

The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land (FFHL) was founded in 1994 to help preserve the Christian presence in the Holy Land, a presence that has been dwindling for decades because of those underlying conflicts. There are approximately 150,000 Christians living in the Holy Land. Due to the severe political and economic hardships, an estimated 350 Christian families leave the Holy Land each year.

Cradling Christianity was the name chosen by a group of pilgrims that traveled to the Holy Land from the Columbus, OH area. Cradling Christianity directly assists various humanitarian programs the FFHL takes on, to give Christians in the Holy Land the support they need to remain.

Chuck Mers, a member of Cradling Christianity, said, “I am honored to be a part of a community of people that shares in my love for the Holy Land and the lives of Christians living there. It is our mission as Cradling Christianity to help preserve and foster the lives of Christians in the Holy Land by supporting the work of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.”

This year, Cradling Christianity will hold its annual fundraising dinner on Tuesday, September, 6th at St. Agatha Parish and Msgr. Kennedy Hall in Upper Arlington, Ohio. A Catholic Mass will be held by FFHL president, Fr. Peter Vasko, ofm, at 5:30 p.m. Registration and a cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 with the dinner to follow at 7:30.

The evening will also include an FFHL update from Fr. Vasko, ofm and a presentation from the keynote speaker Raymond Arroyo, FFHL Board Member and News Director and lead anchor of EWTN News. Arroyo is also author of the best-selling “Will Wilder” a series for young readers.

“I look forward to hearing Raymond Arroyo discuss the crisis in the Holy Land and the update from Fr. Peter Vasko about the work being done by the FFHL to help and serve Christians,” Mers stated. “It is through these accounts that we remain hopeful for Christianity remaining in its birthplace, the Holy Land.”

Reservations can be made by contacting Chuck Mers by email at cmers(at)columbus(dot)rr.com.

More information about the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land and the work being done by Franciscans in the Holy Land can be found at http://www.ffhl.org/.

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