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Week of March 26, 2007
Friars' Night raises funds to help seminary, priests
By BILL GLEN
"The Friars have been a great blessing."
- Msgr. Jack Hamilton
"The Friars have been a marvellous enterprise for the Church in Western Canada."
This year's Friars' Night will be held Friday, May 4 at the Westin Hotel. The goal for the evening is to exceed last year's total of nearly $80,000. Of that amount, 75 per cent is given to Newman while 25 per cent goes to the eparchy.
The Friars hope the evening will encourage new friendships and show priests and young men contemplating the priesthood that they are a group concerned for their commitment.
Father Bill Hupalo, administrator of the eparchy, says it is important for the men to know this support is available to them.
"They pay a pretty good price for the tickets. It's a sign that they are caring of the Church," said Hupalo.
He says it can be a long haul for the men studying for the priesthood. "We have to support the Friars for their efforts to help vocations. It is encouraging for someone entering the priesthood, to know there are so many people backing them."
Hamilton says the evening is a terrific way to celebrate the Catholicity of the community. He has attended a number of the events. He said they are always enjoyable.
"It's a fun evening and for a good cause. The Friars have been a great blessing," he said. "I encourage people to come out."
For more information on Friars' Night, call 469-1010.
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