October 7, 2017 // Vatican

Pontifical Good Friday collection gratitude offered to diocese

Dear Bishop Kevin,

On behalf of the Holy Land Christians and the pilgrims who benefit fromthe Pontifical Good Friday Collection, thank you for your support, as well as the generous support of your faithful parishioners.

A contribution in the amount of $115,983.79 has been received for the 2017 Good Friday Collection on August 11, 2017.

Held at the direction of our Holy Father and administered in the United States by the Commissariat of the Holy Land, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides critical support for Christians in the Holy Land, including pastoral care, schools, housing, employment, refugee assistance and services for the vulnerable young and elderly. The funds also support the sacred shrines, visited by more than 1.5 million pilgrims annually and entrusted to the care of the Holy Land Franciscans for 800 years.

Please accept my gratitude for the generosity of your parishioners and for your own assistance with this collection.

Sincerely yours in Christ and St. Francis,

Larry C. Dunham, OFM, Commissariat of the Holy Land USA, and John-Sebastian, OFM, Secretariat and Vice Commissary

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