Missions

"Covid can't stop the power of the Holy Spirit"

Missions

Fr. Colin King baptizes a newborn. Over the years, you have been a crucial part in the success of our Jamaican missions, partnering with us to feed the hungry, educate impoverished children, bring the Sacraments and religious education…

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Proclaiming the Good News in Jamaica

Missions

“A hungry kid doesn’t learn,” says Fr. Jim. Children in the Get Kids to School program start their day with a nutritious breakfast. When Father Jim Bok, OFM, told his provincial he was volunteering to serve as a…

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Summer ministry for temporary professed friars

Missions, Vocations

Temporary professed friars Raphael Ozoude, Joshua Richter and Matt Ryan This summer Raphael Ozoude, Joshua Richter and Matt Ryan, temporary professed friars with St. John the Baptist Province, will leave St. Joseph Interprovincial Friary in Chicago for…

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A Bok Spot - Assisting with Virtual Learning

Missions

The children who benefit from the Bok Spots express their gratitude. Super Father Jim! Several years ago, I had an idea to open a learning center—a place where kids could go to access the internet before and after…

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Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, sends message of hope this Advent

Advent and Christmas, Missions

The light of Advent At times in this pandemic, we’re tempted to give up. We’re tempted to think the candles of Advent have gone out. Mother Teresa, with her great work with the poor, lit a candle in Calcutta…

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Father Colin shares how Bok Spots are helping kids learn.

Missions

A place for learning The Coronavirus Pandemic has prevented children in Jamaica from learning in their normal classrooms. Fr. Colin bumps elbows with the technician who installed the wi-fi at the Bok Spots While many schools around…

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It ain't going to work

Missions

Fr. Colin King with students and teacher in Revival, Jamaica, last year. Challenges to education All Jamaican schools shut down in March thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The new school year was to open on Monday, September 7,…

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Celebrating 20 years of service in Jamaica!

Missions

Fr. Colin King visits a classroom in Jamaica. Jamaica: A Vision Culminating in 20 years of Service, Success, and Trusting in God’s Providence At the St. Anthony Kitchen in Negril Dear Friends, On May 5, 1999,…

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The blessings of giving back to the Jamaican people.

Missions

Fr. Jim Bok with Rhonda and Richard Ramey Richard and Rhonda Ramey have been visiting Jamaica for over thirty years and have traveled the island extensively. While they have always treasured the natural beauty of Jamaica, they also…

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Jamaican Franciscan Missions and Covid-19

Missions

Fr. Jim Bok, Fr. Colin King, Br. Steve Dupuis and Fr. Saleem Amir are 4 friars ministering to 6 churches in the mission Diocese of Montego Bay.  During these days of global pandemic, they had to adjust on the…

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