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Parable March/April 2017The Path to Sainthood

The Path to Sainthood The story of New Hampshire native, Venerable William Gagnon, O.H.

Forty-five years ago this month, in the war-ravaged jungles of Vietnam, the earthly life of Venerable William Gagnon, O.H., came to an end. Today, remarkably, the spiritual journey of this Catholic missionary and New Hampshire native continues as he ascends the long and deliberative road to sainthood.

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Download a Prayer Card for the Venerable William Gagnon, O.H.

Parable Coloring ContestColoring Contest

Print out and color Matthew Alderman’s illustration of Venerable William Gagnon, O.H., from this month’s cover story. It's the last page of the Education Guide. Include 50-100 words on how Brother William’s story inspired you.

Send your materials by March 31, 2017 to: Parable, Attn: Coloring Contest, 153 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104

Our favorites will be put on the diocesan website and one will be published in Parable. Open to all children through eighth grade.

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Project EdenProject Eden/Adelante

As Jay Gwinn prepares to volunteer in San Francisco de la Paz, Honduras, in March7, the thing he finds himself most looking forward to is Mass in the village, and especially the moment of the Sign of Peace. For Jay it remains the thing that most affirms his faith in the world, and his purpose in Central America.

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George RousseauFaith in the System

How George Rousseau’s Catholic Faith helps him advocate for children in the family court system

Some people travel around the world, visiting far flung places to help people in need. When George Rousseau, a lifelong resident of Manchester, wanted to get involved he didn’t need to travel far at all – just back to his old neighborhood on the West Side, where New Hampshire’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has their headquarters. “I was interested in courts and the law, and I knew I wanted to help the community by volunteering,” George said, “and it’s all tied in with CASA and advocating for children. So I reached out to them and they interviewed me. They signed me up and 15 years later I’m still doing it.” He added with a laugh, “Once they pull you in, you can’t get out, so they say!”

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