Appeal to help Fr. John and Matushka Kyra Nightingale
Christ is in our midst! As we prepare to enter the season of Great Lent, let us remember our dear brother in Christ, Fr. John Nightingale. Last year during Great Lent, after the Presanctified Liturgy, Fr. John was not feeling well and went out to the porch for fresh air. At some point he passed out and fell over the railing injuring his, neck, vertebrae and spinal cord. He has been in the hospital since that time receiving therapy....
As we enter the period of the Triodion in anticipation of Great Lent, let us remember that the Church challenges us to fast, not only from certain foods, but from sin as well. Traditionally, there is also a renewed focus on caring for those in need, especially from the money saved from eating more simply. As Orthodox Christians, I appeal to you to assist the Nightingale family to meet some basic human needs. While we pray for his continued recovery, we also know it is in the Lord’s hands. Therefore, let us do what we can. If we live close by, let us visit so that he does not feel forgotten or isolated. If we have nursing skills, let us offer to assist Matushka Kyra, as she cares for her parents and her husband. If we can give sacrificially to assist with the cost of the renovations and the cost of a van, let us do so.
All donations may be sent directly to the Diocesan Office at 144 St. Tikhon’s Road, Waymart, PA 18472, earmarked “Fr. John Nightingale”. Every donation will be acknowledged individually by our Office, together with an accounting of the total amount collected. Thank you for your consideration of this very worthy cause.
Your unworthy Father in Christ,
Link to the full letter from His Eminence here.
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