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Camden Chosen as Site for Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., will host a new community of Franciscan volunteer ministers beginning in August. The needs there are great, and the community’s commitment to social justice and lived solidarity with the marginalized, Franciscan values, and expressed prayer are abounding.

Jud Weiksnar, John C. Coughlin, and Patrick Sieber are excited about accompanying and mentoring the new lay volunteers.

Jud enthusiastically says, “St. Anthony in Camden opens its doors to the FVM program and eagerly awaits the arrival of the first FVM group.”

There are a variety of active ministries at St. Anthony of Padua which need support, including: the parochial school, youth ministry, evangelization, Francis House hospitality center for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, outreach and neighborhood community organizing.

Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, N.C., was scheduled to be a new site but withdrew after the Durham community reevaluated its needs and opportunities. We thank the community for their discernment and consideration.

The Camden community will join the communities of St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia and St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington in hosting a total of three Franciscan Volunteer communities starting August 19.

Please spread the word that there are a few openings for new Franciscan volunteer ministers. Please contact Program Director Katie Sullivan at 215-427-3070 for further information as soon as possible.