Megan Knighton is a charitable giving advisor for CNEWA.
The only way you can get an authentic Racine Danish Kringle is if you are in Racine, Wisconsin. Or if you happen to know an extra-generous Racinian who wants to mail one to you. Luckily, I meet extra-generous people every day through my job in the development office of CNEWA—and that helped bring a Kringle into my life this week!
Here is the background: Allen Buhler was a successful entrepreneur who was also a benefactor of CNEWA. He had a special concern for the Christians of the Holy Land and the humanitarian works of their churches. (We reported on his generosity in the pages of our magazine, and how he gave a grant to a medical clinic (old/broken link: https://cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=179&pagetypeID=6&sitecode=SSSS&pageno=1) that now bears his daughter’s name.) Allen was called home to God last year, and his family wanted to honor his love for the poor and the churches that CNEWA serves. I visited them in the fall to discuss ways to keep his legacy alive through CNEWA.
Somehow, we got to talking about Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Kringles. It turns out the Buhlers know the chair of ourboard from his days as archbishop in Milwaukee — and they also know that he loves Kringles. I had never even heard of Kringles. But the Buhlers told me that I simply had to try one. And if I couldn’t find my way to the bakery, well, they’d get one to me somehow.
Well, guess what came in the mail this week. Not one, but two Kringles! We sent one to Cardinal Dolan—a little Christmas present from the Buhlers and us—and saved the other to share with the rest of the CNEWA staff, including Msgr. Kozar, who savored a slice before heading out the door for a trip to the Holy Land, where he’ll celebrate Christmas Mass in Bethlehem.
Maybe this impromptu party was a way to welcome Christmas before all of the planes, trains and automobiles that usually mark the start of the season. It was certainly a way to celebrate the continuing thoughtfulness and concern of so many good people like the Buhlers (who decided to honor Allen by making a generous donation to the Mother of Mercy clinic in Zerka.)
And, in case you’re wondering: yes, the Kringle was worth the wait (and, um, the weight…we all start our diet in January…!) Curious? Check out the bakery’s website.
I hope you have a sweet and merry Christmas!