News out of Israel and Gaza continues to reveal the underlying conflicts of the people living in the Holy Land.
The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land (FFHL), now in its 20th year, was founded to help preserve the Christian presence in the Holy Land, a presence that has been dwindling for decades because of those underlying conflicts.
Cradling Christianity was the name chosen by Franciscan supporters in the Columbus, OH area for their region. Proceeds raised by Cradling Christianity directly assist the 14 various humanitarian programs the Franciscans of the Holy Land undertake on a daily basis to give Christians the support they need to remain.
This year, Cradling Christianity will held their annual benefit dinner on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Walters Commons at St. Charles Preparatory, Columbus. Three hundred people were in attendance. Since they first got their start, Cradling Christianity has raised over $750,000.
A Catholic Mass was held by FFHL president, Fr. Peter Vasko, ofm, at 5:30 p.m. A cocktail hour and silent auction followed at 6:30 with the dinner beginning at 7:30.
Keynote speaker for the event was Monsignor Frank P. Lane. Msgr. Lane is a featured speaker on the Coming Home Network, host of the St. Gabriel Radio’s Foundations in Faith, Laghi Chair Resident Scholar at the Pontifical College Josephinum and a spiritual director at the Athenaeum of Ohio.
More information about the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land and the work being done by Franciscans in the Holy Land can be found at www.ffhl.org.