Dearest Brothers and Sisters,
May the Lord give you peace!

We are in troubling times. We hear the news of migrants and refugees at the border, and we ask, “what is ours to do?”  As directed by our Bishops, we need to put two feet of love in action. We need both social action and charitable works.  Certainly, there are root causes that need to be addressed, and our country’s immigration laws need revision, but meanwhile, we must meet the immediate needs of these brothers and sisters. To that end, the National Executive Council OFS-USA offers this Mission Opportunity for Secular Franciscans to assist Project Oak Tree.

National Councilor, Donna Hollis OFS, lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico and helps to lead Project Oak Tree. Donna invites us to come and see, come and volunteer or simply send some items that are much needed. Please click here to view the Project Oak Tree Flyer for details.

Some of you may be called to come to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to assist as a volunteer (individuals and small groups are welcome). Others may want to collect and send items that are needed, or send financial assistance. I ask all of you to share the word about this project. The flyer can be downloaded from link above, and is also attached.

Project Oak Tree is supported by the Diocese of Las Cruces, and many churches in the area. Project Oak Tree gives much needed assistance to hundreds each week who have been released from detention and are awaiting relocation. They are in desperate need. This is our opportunity, as Franciscans, to help them.

May God bless us and guide us always!
Peace and all good,

Jan Parker OFS

National Minister
Secular Franciscan Order – USA

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