Serious Faith!

Serious Faith!

Once in a while someone does something that just lifts everyone else up. My good friend, Molly, daughter of my friends Jim and Maureen, decided earlier this year to take her Confirmation preparation to some kind of new level. She had heard a presentation about a needy community in Uganda and decided, “I can do something about that!”

Young Molly started the Library of Love project to raise money for a new school library in a very poor community. There’s no stopping her–a few weeks ago I dropped off baked goods for her community bake sale outside a local Wal-Mart. (My wife couldn’t say no.) Molly had recruited friends from her parish (St. Maximilian Kolbe, in Westchester, Ohio) to help. Here’s her pitch that showed up on a local radio show:

“Library of Love is a project raising $5,292 to provide funds to purchase books for St. Mary’s Primary Catholic School at Kyamuhunga Parish in Uganda, Africa. I contacted the Principal of the school, Grace Omwigarire Byamukama, and she informed me the 6th grade needed the most help. The money raised for this project will buy textbooks for these students.”

Last time I looked, she was 80% there. Not bad for an eighth grader.

This story won’t show up in our printed pages, but it’s the type of story that we thrive on at St. Anthony Messenger: inspiring, family oriented, reaching out to those in need, near and far. Thanks, Molly, and good luck!

(Molly is on the far right, pictured here with her sisters and parents. Photo courtesy of Molly.)


About the Author

John Feister is editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and master's degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and was previously an adviser to the Communications Committee of the U.S. Catholic bishops (2000-2006). His latest book, Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives is available from the Franciscan Media catalog. He has cauthored four books with Richard Rohr (Franciscan Media), and coauthored, with Charlene Smith, the biography of Thea Bowman (Orbis books).