Mark your calendar for March 2 to join the session to take place at St. Francis Seraph School auditorium from 12:30-3PM. (Enter the door off of the school parking lot.) Those who register in advance will receive a free copy of Joan Hoxsey’s new book, “Choosing the Back Row: Raising our Consciousness about Racism.” This book highlights conversations she has had with people of color from St. Francis Seraph Parish. There will also be pizza available. It will help for planning purposes if you pre-register by Annual Day of Caring Pancake Brunch calling the parish office at 513-535-2719 or emailing JoeEPearce@SFSParish.org
It has been a long road, but we are nearly ready to get to work on this project. We have someone in place to be the owner’s representative to oversee this project, the architects are finishing the detailed plans, a contractor will soon be chosen, permits secured so renovation work can begin in April. We are still working with Miami University to get an official Memorandum of Understanding completed. Fundraising is ongoing, but we now have over $900,000 in grants! With another 4 or 5 grant requests out there, we are hopeful this $1.2-1.4 million dollar project will get fully funded. This building will be home to early childhood teachers serving in our urban schools. The affordable rent these teachers will pay makes possible our payments for insurance, taxes and utilities. This program could be a great asset to the futures of children in these neighborhoods.
Action shot! Fathers Al and EJ meeting with Malachi Lawrence, who serves as the Archdiocesan liaison for our Franciscan family of parishes, as we begin planning for the months ahead in the Beacons of Light program!