Tag Archives: MC1957

JUPDATE: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) update on Addis Hope

2017-Nov-06

The message that follows is from Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack).

Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

Once again, my apologies for including you in this mass mailing rather than individually. 
Some time ago our Addis Hope School which we had been renting for several years from local authorities was demolished along with other structures in the neighborhood so that the property could be used to construct government offices.  Since we had a renewable two year contract, the authorities said they would provide replacement school classrooms. Despite numerous court appearances and delays, this has not happened and it looks like it won’t.

What to do? Several years ago a generous donation from a friend allowed us to purchase two shops in a new mall. My colleague, Ruth Girmay, teacher and artist, who really began with me the program sixteen years ago has had the idea of training single parent mothers of street families in making leather goods. To this end, she took courses in making handbags, satchels etc. as an income generating activity. Addis Hope would send the street children of these women to local government schools and pay for their school materials and uniforms until they graduated from Grade Eight. 

Though this reformulation of the Addis Hope program will probably come as a surprise to you, our donor partners, we continue to count on your support for our single parent destitute and marginalized families. I will write more on this new development in future mails to you.

Since Thanksgiving is an American celebration of family, I ask you to include our Addis Hope street families at your table as you have done in the past.  

I can only add that for all that has been, I say thanks. For all that will be, I say yes.
With gratitude,
Brother Gregory Flynn (aka Jack)

A REMINDER OF HOW TO SEND TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO ADDIS HOPE
BY CHECK:

Make check out to Brothers of the Christian Schools (stating Addis Hope in the memo)
Mail to:
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

Jim Casey for Brother Gregory Flynn

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Key West Lou

2017-Jun-06

Good Morning All,

A prayer request for Key West Lou ’57. Lou has been in our prayers before as his back problems give him problems from time to time. We pray that, this time as well, his pain and discomfort is cleared up quickly. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) sends an Easter message

2017-Apr-07

Dear Friends and Supporters of Addis Hope,

I am writing this 2017 Easter message from Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ where I’m recovering from a bout with pneumonia. My hope, of course is that my next message will be written from our Addis Hope program in Ethiopia. As always, my apologies for this mass mailing. This time I have a good excuse.

When I think of the Easter season, I think of those who make possible the education and feeding of our impoverished kindergarten age children of Addis Ababa street families. I think of Psalm Sunday and how palms were tangible symbols we held in our hands making the story of Jesus’ last days something we could literally grasp. The dictionary tells us the name palm tree derives from the way the leaves resemble the shape of an outstretched hand. And there we can find their deepest meaning. With that hand, earth can be tilled, clay can be formed and empires built. With that hand a flower can be given or a stone can be hurled. We can grasp the hand of another to squeeze away fear or to offer friendship. A hand can heal a hurt of brush aside a tear.

We in the Addis Hope program, children and staff, are grateful for the outstretched hands of our donor partners that have allowed us to provide two years of kindergarten education and daily hot meals to more than two thousand children over the years, children with no hope of an education of any kind were it not for those outstretched hands.

For those unfamiliar with how to assist our children, a tax free check can be written to Brothers of the Christian Schools (with a memo stating for Addis Hope) and mailed to Brother Timothy Froehlich 444 A Route 35 South Eatontown, NJ 07724   

Brother Tim will deposit any checks in our Addis Hope account.

May you have a blessed Easter (Melkam Fassika)
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)

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Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) 

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JFOUND: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) doing Facebook Live on 2017-Jan-23

2017-Jan-18

http://keywestlou.com/going-live-with-key-west-lou/

Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) 

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My new show debuts monday morning. Going Live with Key West Lou. On Facebook. The path to the show is Key West Lou and Live.

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) send Christmas greetings

2016-Dec-23

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM ETHIOPIA – DECEMBER, 2016

Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

I am reminded that Advent is a season for exiles, like Mary and Joseph of old. In this part of the world exiles, refugees and displaced are a common sight The families in the Addis Hope program are also exiles from what most would call a normal life –they live on the margins of society – on mean streets – particularly our AIDS orphans. They are societal victims of failed policies that exclude them from whatever meager benefits society has to offer.

We, who enjoy the benefits of a better life, are also exiles when part of us has given in to values of consumerism and apathy; when another part of us feels out of place in a materialistic, power-centered world.

Advent is a time to reclaim what we have lost in our hearts. It is not meant to be a cozy, self-satisfied time in which we wait for “Baby Jesus” to be born, not some quaint idea comforting to the “unsophisticated”. The birth of Jesus is a historical event, Advent focuses, instead, on our own place of exile and whether or not this Savior who was born and lived on our earth has made a difference in our lives and also in the lives of those with whom we interact.

May the God of exiles reveal to us that part of ourselves in exile, the part that is wandering and needs to come home; May the God of exiles unite us to the dispossessed of the world through at least our compassion, if not our actions; May the God of exiles help us to see more clearly the aspects of our own selves and culture that keep us captive; May the God of exiles grant that our actions may lighten and console, may lift up the hearts of others to laughter; to peace in the midst of storm; to light in darkness.

All of us involved in the Addis Hope program are grateful to all our donor partners who, for us, are witnesses to God’s presence in our lives through their compassion and actions on behalf of children worthy of a better life.

For those who have not been in a position to assist the program financially, we have asked for their prayers for the women and children involved. We certainly have felt the strength of those prayers and are grateful for them. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, and certainly not denigrating prayer, we are still in need of more donor partners. So, if you can, kindly put us under your tree and pass on the message. Here’s how:

Write and mail a check payable to… 

  • Brothers of the Christian Schools
    (with the memo stating for Addis Hope)
    Brother Timothy Froehlich
    444 A Route 35 South
    Eatontown, NJ 07724 

OR

By monthly bank transfer…

  • Brothers of the Christian Schools
    (with the memo stating for Addis Hope)
    Routing Transit Number – 031207607 (for PNC Bank)
    Account Number – 805 999 7606
    Request your bank to transfer by
    Automatic Clearing House (ACH) not by wire.

Merry Christmas and may God’s choicest blessings be yours in the New Year to come.
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) starts “Louis Petrone Says….”

2016-Dec-12

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The streaming show I have been working on is scheduled to debut this Thursday December 15. On You Tube. Short hits on different topics several times a day. One hit per segment. Subject matter whatever tickles my fancy at the moment.The show will archive.Title, Louis Petrone Says….Could not use Key West as my Tuesday podcast show has in its title Key West Lou. The show is archived on You Tube. Confusion would result. Both shows would be archiving together in a combined fashion.I hope we are ready by Thursday. I am working towards a Thursday opening. Sloan and I worked on the show yesterday afternoon. We have been working on it. So much to pay attention to.

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) is doing something new

2016-Dec-04

http://keywestlou.com/santas-galore/

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Sometime next week, I will be starting a streaming show on You Tube. Several times a day. You will be able to see me. Live!The show will be in segments. Several a day. No certain number. Each show roughly 30-60 seconds. As something tickles my fancy, I will sit down at my desk, turn on the computer and say…..It’s me again!I also will still be doing this blog and my Tuesday podcast show.

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

[JR: But (referring to a topic earlier in his post) you should never ever lie, fib, or embellish what you tell children. Else how do they know that they can trust you or depend upon you for the “straight scoop” about anything. That’s why my relatives don’t let me get near their children. I ALWAYS tell them the truth; no exceptions. Laugh!]  

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