ARISE Helps Unite Diverse Cultures
St. Bernadette in Randolph, MA is one of the most diverse parishes on the South Shore, comprised of some twenty-three different language groups. The parish's newest pastor, Fr. Linh Nguyen, recognized the benefits of ARISE Together In Christ and came onboard just in time to start Season 4.
Sr. Ann Shea coordinated all the efforts to give St. Bernadette its first and very successful ARISE Season. One hundred eleven people participated in the ARISE program at St. Bernadette, using both the English and Vietnamese faith-sharing books. There were 4 small groups, totalling 43 members, using the Vietnamese material.
“ARISE gave parish members a chance to know one another, to grow together in faith, and to easily forgive one another,” noticed Phan Le, SCL.
Members of the ARISE groups also live their faith by preparing and serving meals for the needy at the local soup kitchen.
Story and photos courtesy of Hung Nguyen, St. Bernadette Parish, Randolph, MA
Large turnout for end of Season 4 celebrationRENEW
Saying the ARISE prayer before the meal
A Vietnamese group at their weekly faith-sharing session
Some of the Vietnamese ARISE participants
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About RENEW International RENEW International is a canonically-recognized Catholic organization based in Plainfield, NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action. Since 1980 RENEW International has revitalized parish life in over 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages.