CNEWA visited St. Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, the weekend of 24-25 January. Father James F. Kauffmann, pastor, introduced his parish family to the work of this special agency of the Holy See.
At a dinner at Pomegranate Euro Bistro on Saturday, Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., CNEWA’s Undersecretary General, spoke to some 25 invited guests about the Association’s work with the peoples and churches of the Middle East, particularly in the Holy Land.
“Let us be your hands,” Brother David urged. “Let us demonstrate your love for the land and peoples of Christ’s birth, furnishing mother and child clinics, building kindergartens, providing jobs to the unemployed.”
Brother David also spoke at all of the Masses that weekend. Noting the parish’s interest in and generosity to the lands served by CNEWA (St. Benedict’s gave a breakfast last autumn, the proceeds of which were earmarked for CNEWA’s mother and child clinic in Mosul, Iraq), Brother David spoke of the dynamic Eastern Catholic churches and of their apostolic works.
“I’m here to bring you some good news,” he said, offering St. Benedict parishioners a free subscription to CNEWA’s award-winning bimonthly magazine, CNEWA WORLD. “In the pages of our colorful magazine, you’ll meet the dedicated folks of these churches and read about their works in some of the most troublesome parts of the world,” he continued. “And you’ll learn how CNEWA works to support their endeavors.”