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Dear Friends

Celebrating Ten Years 

Marking Our 10th Anniversary

Week of November 30, 2015
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Dear Friends,

This fall has been an emotional jumble for me as the Friends of St. John the Caregiver marks its tenth anniversary.

Some of you may know that FSJC has its roots in a monthly newspaper column my wife, Monica, and I began writing for Catholic News Service in 1991. That led to a book on caring for an aging parent and that led to the website in 2004. The following year we began FSJC.

Monica had been a social worker with Catholic Community Services in Seattle and I was a long-time writer and editor for the Catholic press.

We each got to bring our strengths and background to the task and what an exciting, challenging, and deeply satisfying time it was. We knew we had been given a gift: working together to help to family caregivers.

The reaction and the response in those early years— from families, parishes, dioceses and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—was so encouraging! I have no doubt that was due in very large part to the fact that Monica was the director of the whole operation and what a talented woman she was!

Some of you may also know that Monica died of uterine cancer in early 2013 at the age of 60. Thanks to our volunteers (the ministry has always been all-volunteer) and many faithful donors, FSJC has continued and grown but…

Yes, I’m sure she’s praying for all of us and helping us in many ways but…

I’m deeply grateful you and I  can continue her legacy but I do miss working side-by-side with her.

You and your loved ones remain in my prayers. Thank you for yours.

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We've posted the fall 2015 newsletter. You can find it here.

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This week we're so pleased to welcome Ethelreda P. of Nebraska, Kathy-Jean M. of New Hampshire, and John G. of Michigan as the newest members of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They have promised to pray for you and yours.

And again this week we cordially invite you to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver! (FSJC's programs include and You can find out more about becoming a member here.

No meetings, no dues. All we ask is that you pray for caregivers and those receiving care. Our members include caregivers, care-receivers, and those who support both (including quite a few former caregivers).

You can:

sign up on-line here

or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)

or print and mail an application form.

God bless you!


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