Ohio Group to Hold Dinner to Support Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land

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Cradling Christianity will hold annual dinner to benefit the Foundation’s efforts to help Christians remain in the Holy Land

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"It is our mission as Cradling Christianity to help preserve and foster the lives of Christians in the Holy Land..."

“Cradling Christianity,” the Columbus, Ohio region of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, will host its annual benefit dinner to support the Franciscans of the Holy Land in their efforts to preserve the Christian remnant there on September 7th.

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. Severe political and economic hardships force an estimated 350 Christian families to leave the Holy Land each year, and only about 150,000 Christians remain there today.

In 2006, a group of pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land from the Columbus, OH area. Witnessing the plight of their Christian brothers and sisters, the pilgrims returned home and founded “Cradling Christianity” as the Columbus region of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. Cradling Christianity directly assists various humanitarian programs of the FFHL in an effort to help Christians remain in the Holy Land.

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 Thursday, September, 7th at St. Agatha Parish in Upper Arlington, Ohio, in Msgr. Kennedy Hall. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated by FFHL president, Fr. Peter Vasko, ofm, at 5:30 p.m. Registration and a cocktail hour will begin at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30. The evening will also include an update from FFHL President Fr. Vasko, OFM, regarding the work of the FFHL, and a presentation by keynote speaker Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Associate Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Catholic Studies Center at St. Louis University.

Reservations can be made by contacting Chuck Bramlage, chair of this year’s dinner, at chuckbramlage(at)gmail(dot)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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