District Deputy Tom Galvin and E.D. White Grand Knight John White with the mountain of rosaries for Kenya that were donated by councils all over Virginia at the June pre-organizational meeting in Richmond

July 2015 - Ruth Foster is the Sacristan at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. Each year, she travels to Kenya to provide aid to the orphans in the Diocese of Meru.  She and several other parishioners founded a non-profit organization called Wells of Love after getting to know Fr. David Murungi while he was assigned to St. Agnes and studying for his PhD at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C. After her first visit to Kenya in 2008, which she called "a life changing experience," she decided to do what she could to help the people there.

 

Through her efforts, Wells of Love provides support for the Meru Children's Home, which cares for orphans, as well as a local school.

 

This year, she asked Grand Knight of Edward Douglass White Council 2473, John White, whether the council might donate some rosaries and miraculous medals for the families and children of Kenya, to help bring the protection of Mary to Kenyans who are frequently the victims of attacks from neighboring Somalia.

 

The council rose to the occasion, and spread the word as well to other councils in Virginia, who made their own contributions. All in all, Council 2473 has collected more than 6,000 rosaries and purchased 2,000 miraculous medals from the Association of the Miraculous Medal. They were blessed on July 29 by Fr. Jason Burchell, the Parochial Vicar at St. Agnes, just before they were shipped to Kenya.

 

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