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Franciscan order's 'Union That Nothing Be Lost' help thousands worldwide

2013-05-05

FR. JAMES PUGLISI
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
"Instead of wasting things that we don't really need, why don't we take what is left over from our monthly budget, our yearly budget and put it to the use of the Gospel.”
 
The Union That Nothing Be Lost began early in the 20th Century as an idea. Today it has become a foundation to help people around the world.

The friars collect donations from faithful year-round, the extra income, they themselves don't need but wish to use to help others. By Christmas time, that money is dispersed.

FR. JAMES PUGLISI
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
"It comes to about a quarter of a million dollars. People write in with various projects that are either mission orientated, or social orientated, or ecumenical orientated. And we have a committee that looks at all these projects and then gives money out each year.”

The projects range in scope. In the past, they funds have helped build schools in India and China.

Currently, one of the recipients of a $25,000 grant is the Damietta Peace Initiative, a pan-African movement led by several Franciscan orders to foster peace in conflict areas, and create dialogue between different religious groups.

But there's something more behind each project funded by the Union That Nothing Be Lost.

FR. JAMES PUGLISI
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
"Its not just the material aspect, it's the moral, spiritual aspect that's really important; that people realize that they mean something to people who don't even know them.”

That support, he says, is critical, especially for Christians living in troubled areas, where simply being a Christian puts them at risk.

That initiative to "gather the remnants, that nothing be lost,” is now over 100 years old, nearly the same age as their order's history with the Catholic Church.  


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