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Beginning the Next 90 Years
This spring brings to a close the commemoration of CNEWA’s 90th anniversary. The past year has been a welcome opportunity for us to reflect on our roots — and the many branches of our family tree that have grown to touch so many corners of the world and impact so many lives. Throughout this year, we have turned a spotlight on some of those who have contributed so much to our mission. Our blog, ONE-TO-ONE, has featured a series titled “90 Years, 90 Heroes,” saluting some of the figures — many of them largely unknown — who have helped to bring the love of Christ to those in need. The Autumn 2016 edition of ONE magazine focused on “Answering the Call of the East,” with stories and
Building a School in Ukraine CNEWA is continuing its support of the resurgent Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, helping to provide education for needy children through the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará. These religious sisters, originally from Argentina, have developed houses for orphans, single mothers and elderly women. Responding to an urgent need to build a school in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, near Ivano-Frankivsk, CNEWA is providing $50,000 for its construction.
profiles about the Eastern churches that CNEWA is privileged to serve. Indeed, in this edition of this magazine, on Page 36, our president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, recalls in a personal way CNEWA’s deep connection and commitment to the Eastern churches. “In my pastoral visits to many areas of the world,” he writes, “I am humbled by the richness of these Eastern churches — in their liturgical celebrations, their cultures, their ancient traditions, their strong desire to persevere in the faith and their abiding sense of hope.” It is that very faith and hope we continue to cherish as we begin the next 90 years.
Empowering Gaza CNEWA has provided a grant to Al Ahli Hospital, the only Christianrun hospital operating in the Gaza Strip, to procure and install solar panels for its operating rooms. Both in times of war or peace, power outages have become commonplace in Gaza, among the most densely populated of cities in the world. Residents cope with fewer than eight hours of electricity a day. Once operational, the solar panels will provide much-needed power regularly.
In addition to supporting the hospital, CNEWA is partnering with the Y.M.C.A. and the Orthodox Cultural Center to provide another kind of power: work opportunities for unemployed Christian men and women so they can improve skills and provide incomes to support their families. CNEWA and Congress In late February, CNEWA was pleased to host a booth at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress — billed as the largest
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