Catholic Relief Services highlighted at FSHA assembly

CRS representative Thomas Awaipo shakes hands with Kacey Benson, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy ASB president, at a recent school assembly. — Credit: ALLISON ROST

Native Ghanaian Thomas Awaipo, a child recipient of Catholic Relief Services programs who now works for CRS in his home country, spoke about his life experiences to students at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in a recent assembly.

Awaipo, whose parents died when he was very young, lost his two younger siblings to starvation and was saved from starvation himself by attending a school which served food provided by CRS. He now oversees a similar program in Ghana, where young students who attend school receive food on a daily basis.

Although not born in the Catholic faith, Awaipo shared in a Q&A session with students following his talk that he almost became a priest. However, when he was in seminary, he met the woman who would become his wife, and they now have four children who all attend school.

Awaipo was invited to speak at the assembly by Bob Harper, the chair of FSHA’s board of directors, and his wife, Joan. Awaipo hosted the Harpers when they visited Ghana through CRS several years ago.


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There are many injustices in our society, but the most fundamental is the one we rarely acknowledge — this routine taking of innocent human life that goes on every day. So as we pray for these little souls, we pray tonight for our city, our state, and our nation.

 

 

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January 28, 2015

  • Wednesday, January 28

    San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Trip, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., meet in St. Luke Catholic Church parking lot, 5605 Cloverly Ave., Temple City. This is a fundraiser for St. Luke’s Youth Account. Upon casino arrival, all will be given a voucher for $10 ( to be used for food or gambling). $11 (non-refundable) includes a seat on the bus and $10 casino voucher. First come, first serve. For reservations, contact Luis and Esther Osollo, (626) 350-1655.

     

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