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A Bok Spot - Assisting with Virtual Learning

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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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Food distribution in New Orleans

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Fr. Joe Hund with neighbors. A sad sign of the times: When the word went out that food would be available May 1 on St. Mary of the Angels property in New Orleans, cars began lining up three…

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Ministering to the Most Vulnerable During the Covid-19 Crisis

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcome me,…” –Matthew 25:35 Before the pandemic struck and mandatory lockdowns ensued, the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Dining…

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Jamaica and the Pandemic

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The beach in Negril, Jamaica, is deserted due to the Coronavirus pandemic Like the rest of the world, we in Jamaica are seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The #1 industry in Jamaica is tourism with over…

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