Mercy students vist Nazareth

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Blessings in Beauregard

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.

Thank you for changing my life

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.

Students donate shoe box gifts

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

International volunteers go forth

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Reflection from Alabama

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Partners in service

Students from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, spent time in Nazareth and Bardstown volunteering through service work.

Live and volunteer at Nazareth

For children undergoing stress from natural disasters, students at Mother Catherine Academy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, donated shoe boxes filled with gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteer program.

SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

“Working with young people like Shannon gives me great hope for the future. Joining hands and hearts with others is the way we move forward in making our world a better place and witness to God’s love.”

SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we invite lay women and men to a cross-cultural partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Sisters of Charity Federation are called to mission.

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Where we volunteer

Appalachia

In the mountains of Beattyville, Kentucky, volunteer teams engage in outreach ministries of home and trailer repairs, food and clothing distribution, and meeting the basic needs of those in need.

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Belize City

Over the course of a week, volunteers build a 16’ x 20’ house for a family in need.

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Las Flores, Belize

Mission teams work with village leaders repairing and building homes. They also assist with the needs of the parish, school, and community.

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Kentucky

People 18-25 years of age are invited to serve others on the Nazareth campus or in the Bardstown, Kentucky, community for six weeks while living with other volunteers. Be part of a viable community, be immersed with the Sisters in their rich tradition.

Summer 2019
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Botswana

We invite you to join us as we assist Sisters in their missions in Botswana.

A future trip is to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

India

Work with the Sisters in their diverse ministries in India.

Future trips to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

Nepal

Partner with us as we work to help empower the people of Kathmandu.

Future trips to be determined. Let us know if you are interested.

Montana

Join us as we work in collaboration on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Montana.

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New Orleans

Groups work with individual families in the rebuilding of New Orleans, Louisiana, from the long-lasting effects of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

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Mississippi

Participants volunteer to repair homes in northern Mississippi and are immersed in other missions such as a garden cafe.

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Sister Luke Boiarski

Director

502-348-1581

Ellen Sprigg

Ellen Sprigg

Associate Director

502-348-1580

Amy Ulrich

Administrative Assistant

502-348-1583

Disaster Relief

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have a long tradition of responding in times of disaster. Historically Sisters have responded to flooding in Louisville, the yellow fever epidemic, monsoons in India, a hurricane in Belize, and an earthquake in Nepal. Continuing in this spirit, the SCN Disaster Relief Program invites volunteers to offer spiritual and physical support to persons experiencing a disaster. Sisters and volunteers respond in the same spirit of Vincent de Paul with reverence for each person and witness to God’s presence in the midst of adversity. The Disaster Relief Program provides an opportunity to put faith into action.

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Volunteer News

Blessings in Beauregard

Blessings in Beauregard

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.
read more
Students donate shoe box gifts

Students donate shoe box gifts

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.
read more
Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers build a home in Belize

“Working with young people like Shannon gives me great hope for the future. Joining hands and hearts with others is the way we move forward in making our world a better place and witness to God’s love.”
read more
Reflection from Alabama

Reflection from Alabama

Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth built a home in Belize City for Kendra and her family. The simple home was built in memory of Christin Gaston who taught at Father Andrew White School in Maryland.
read more
Partners in service

Partners in service

For children undergoing stress from natural disasters, students at Mother Catherine Academy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, donated shoe boxes filled with gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteer program.
read more
Live and volunteer at Nazareth

Live and volunteer at Nazareth

Young adults ages 18-25 may qualify for a six-week volunteer experience with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth living and volunteering at the Motherhouse campus in Nazareth, Kentucky.
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SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

SCN volunteers respond to Alabama

Nearly 40 tornadoes have been confirmed from last week's outbreak across the Southeast. The hardest-hit area was Lee County, Alabama, where many fatalities occurred. A group of volunteers for the SCN disaster relief recently returned from helping with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
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Two sisters part of 12 home builds

Two sisters part of 12 home builds

These women continue to be ambassadors in their communities as they share their stories about the beautiful people they have met in Belize and how their hearts are filled with love each time they immerse themselves working alongside volunteers and home recipients year after year.
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A home for Rose

A home for Rose

By the end of the week, the home recipient and this amazing volunteer team’s lives were forever weaved together as each of their families grew a little bit bigger.
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A journey they will never forget

A journey they will never forget

The most challenging part of the disaster relief work was not wielding a chainsaw. For Sister Kitty, it is listening to people who have lost almost all of their belongings. This is how she spent her time, offering hope through prayer.
read more
Serving others

Serving others

Mark and Cindy Rhonemus have been volunteering with the SCN Volunteer Mission Program since 2015. For their most recent trip to Las Flores, Belize, they raised all of the funds needed to complete a home for a family in need.
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A home for Manuel

A home for Manuel

Manuel was only 12 years old when Sister Luke met him in Belize. When she saw the poor condition of his home she knew right away that she would someday return to build a home for him.
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A cross-cultural partnership

A cross-cultural partnership

These women continue to be ambassadors in their communities as they share their stories about the beautiful people they have met in Belize and how their hearts are filled with love each time they immerse themselves working alongside volunteers and home recipients year after year.
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Volunteers return from Houston

Volunteers return from Houston

It was only a little over one year ago that Hurricane Harvey tied Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, led by Sister Luke Boiarski, recently completed their third week-long disaster relief effort in Houston, Texas.
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Meet Ellen

Meet Ellen

Sister Luke is leading a group to Las Flores, Belize, where they will partner with the village leaders of the area to complete home repairs for a family in need.
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Sisters, Charity Alive, and a country Christmas

Sisters, Charity Alive, and a country Christmas

These women continue to be ambassadors in their communities as they share their stories about the beautiful people they have met in Belize and how their hearts are filled with love each time they immerse themselves working alongside volunteers and home recipients year after year.
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Sts. Peter and Paul donates to SCN volunteers

Sts. Peter and Paul donates to SCN volunteers

Nearly 40 tornadoes have been confirmed from last week's outbreak across the Southeast. The hardest-hit area was Lee County, Alabama, where many fatalities occurred. A group of volunteers for the SCN disaster relief recently returned from helping with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
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Pres girls of ’77

Pres girls of ’77

On Oct. 27, graduates of Presentation Academy class of 1977 came to Nazareth to reconnect with the Sisters and give a day of service.
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Volunteer reflection on Nepal

Volunteer reflection on Nepal

“Working with young people like Shannon gives me great hope for the future. Joining hands and hearts with others is the way we move forward in making our world a better place and witness to God’s love.”
read more
Nazareth volunteer provides a plant guide map

Nazareth volunteer provides a plant guide map

It was only a little over one year ago that Hurricane Harvey tied Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Volunteers for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, led by Sister Luke Boiarski, recently completed their third week-long disaster relief effort in Houston, Texas.
read more
Volunteers reconnect in Ohio

Volunteers reconnect in Ohio

Manuel was only 12 years old when Sister Luke met him in Belize. When she saw the poor condition of his home she knew right away that she would someday return to build a home for him.
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Volunteers in Appalachia

Volunteers in Appalachia

Sister Luke is accompanying 20 students and six chaperones from St. Joe Church Youth Ministry to the Appalachian region of Kentucky. They are cleaning, staining, painting, and repairing six trailer homes. Please continue to keep this group in your prayers.
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West Point update

West Point update

The SCN Disaster Relief Team has been working in West Point, Kentucky, over the past several weeks. This group of gracious volunteers, led by Amy Ulrich, finished a trailer that was flooded by the Salt Fork and Ohio Rivers in early March.
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Homebuilding concludes in Belize

Homebuilding concludes in Belize

Young adults ages 18-25 may qualify for a six-week volunteer experience with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth living and volunteering at the Motherhouse campus in Nazareth, Kentucky.
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Sewing ministry for Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

Sewing ministry for Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

There is a great need for children's' dresses and clothing in some of the areas served by the SCN lay mission volunteer program, Appalachia, New Orleans, Belize, Montana, and disaster relief areas. A group led by associate candidate and volunteer, Elaine Belflowers meet at Nazareth to share their creations and determine future needs. Sister Paschal Maria Fernicola serves as their Nazareth liaison.
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Sisters lead a rebuilding effort in West Point after flood

Sisters lead a rebuilding effort in West Point after flood

In the enclosed video, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief ministry are responding to West Point, Kentucky, located 25 minutes outside of Louisville, Kentucky. The area was hit hard by flooding after the Ohio and Salt Rivers reached historic flood levels.
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A journey to the mountains of Nepal

A journey to the mountains of Nepal

"While traveling through Kathmandu, we made arrangements to visit the Novjyoti Center, a school for handicapped children that is run by the Sisters of Charity. My sister is an SCN, living at Nazareth, and I have read with great interest of the work the sisters on doing on behalf of the people of Nepal."
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Volunteers head to Belize

Volunteers head to Belize

Volunteers from Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio, were commissioned at Saturday’s liturgy at St. Vincent’s Church, followed by a day of orientation before they began their travels to Belize. On Sunday, Feb. 4, the group left for Belize to work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministries to build a house for a family in great need. They will return to Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 11. Please pray for their safety in travels and on the job site. Angela Wallace, Nazareth employee – health office, the recipient of this year’s employee immersion scholarship, will also be on this trip.
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Second volunteer group this month heads to Belize

Second volunteer group this month heads to Belize

Seven SCN Lay Mission Volunteers along with Sister Sarah Geier were commissioned at the Saturday morning Liturgy in St. Vincent's Chapel. They traveled to Belize on Sunday, Jan. 28 to work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministry in building a house for a family in great need. This is the second house of five to be built in the next few months. Please keep them in prayer as they travel to and from Belize and for safety on the work site.
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Volunteers build a home in Belize

Volunteers build a home in Belize

Over the last few days, SCN Volunteers in Belize worked building a house for a single mother and her two children. They laid the foundation, erected the walls, and put on the roof and shutters. Today was the house blessing.
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Volunteers return to Belize

Volunteers return to Belize

Nine SCN Volunteers from Alabama, Ohio, and Kentucky were commissioned at a Liturgy at St. Vincent Church. They will travel to Belize along with Sister Luke and work in collaboration with Hand in Hand Ministry from Jan. 8-15.
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Inspired for a life of service

Inspired for a life of service

TaNaá and Andreiona are members of Charity Alive, a program for young adults designed to build and maintain relationships with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The four components of this program are service, spirituality, support, and finding direction in life.
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Charity Alive visit Nazareth

Charity Alive visit Nazareth

Several members of Charity Alive spent the weekend at Nazareth for their biannual meeting. They enjoyed their accommodations in the Volunteer House where they gathered for prayer, planning, and support. Their service project of choice was decorating several Christmas trees in Carrico Hall and preparing the courtyard for outside decorations.
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Sisters prepare for Appalachian Christmas

Sisters prepare for Appalachian Christmas

Sisters Anne Magruder, Angela Hicks, Molly Thompson, Luke Boiarski, Marie Becker and Elaine Bellflowers, SCNA, traveled to Kentucky Cornerstone in Beattyville, Kentucky, to assist Dora Ross for her annual Christmas event to be held on Dec. 9. For two days, they wrapped presents for children, adorned the tree with colorful ornaments, and decorated the outside of the house. All this, in preparation for this special gathering for the needy in the Appalachian area.
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Volunteers return from India

Volunteers return from India

A group recently returned with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief team from Lee County, Alabama, where the tornado outbreak of March 3 devastated rural communities like Beauregard.
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Commissioning of volunteers to India

Commissioning of volunteers to India

Mark and Cindy Rhonemus have been volunteering with the SCN Volunteer Mission Program since 2015. For their most recent trip to Las Flores, Belize, they raised all of the funds needed to complete a home for a family in need.
read more
Volunteers reach out in the Kentucky mountains

Volunteers reach out in the Kentucky mountains

SCN Volunteers traveled last week deep into the mountains of Irvine, Kentucky. Volunteers assisted Mr. Dallas, a gentle man, who lives a solitary life but whose heart and hands reach out to take care of many of God's creatures.
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Volunteers finish project in Botswana

Volunteers finish project in Botswana

A group recently returned with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth disaster relief team from Lee County, Alabama, where the tornado outbreak of March 3 devastated rural communities like Beauregard.
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SCN Volunteer Update: Botswana

SCN Volunteer Update: Botswana

These women continue to be ambassadors in their communities as they share their stories about the beautiful people they have met in Belize and how their hearts are filled with love each time they immerse themselves working alongside volunteers and home recipients year after year.
read more
Volunteers visit the Crow Nation in Montana

Volunteers visit the Crow Nation in Montana

For children undergoing stress from natural disasters, students at Mother Catherine Academy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, donated shoe boxes filled with gifts to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth volunteer program.
read more
‘Pres Girls’ volunteer with Sisters in Belize

‘Pres Girls’ volunteer with Sisters in Belize

Since arriving in Belize City on Saturday, 'PresGirls' painted various dwellings including the Yasha House, a home for young women needing a safe place to reside. They also met with families in Las Flores, delivering shoes and clothing. While they’ve been quite busy, the group managed to squeeze in siesta time and a little sightseeing.
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SCN Volunteers

SCN Volunteers

Sister Luke visited Lexington Catholic High School. The sophomore class would like to become involved in trips to Appalachia and Belize City.
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Students collect sandals for Belize

Students collect sandals for Belize

At the request of the mission committee at Vincentian Academy High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Luke Boiarski visited the school in March of 2017. She shared with the students about the volunteer ministry program and how they can become involved. As a result of the visit, the student council collected sandals to be donated to children in Las Flores, Belize.
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Charity Friendship Retreat & Workshop

Charity Friendship Retreat & Workshop

The Federation Grassroots Committee invites sisters, associates & affiliates to attend Charity Friendship: Deepening Our Relationships through Contemplative Conversations. The Retreat will take place October 15-October 20, followed by the Workshop October 20-October 22.
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Volunteer trip turns to disaster relief

Volunteer trip turns to disaster relief

Volunteers arrived safely home this week after assisting in Houston, Texas, for several days. They spent their time filling food containers for families in need as well as removing wallboard in homes so rebuilding can begin soon.
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Appalachian Christmas in Beattyville

Appalachian Christmas in Beattyville

The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program recently traveled to Beattyville, Kentucky in Appalachia to assist Ms. Dora Ross in preparing for her annual Christmas community outreach program. In the upcoming weeks, hundreds of families from the surrounding area will visit...

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Volunteers visit Holy Springs, Miss.

Volunteers visit Holy Springs, Miss.

Sister Luke Boiarski, Sister Maria Brocato, Associate Mary Gene Frank along and four members of Charity Alive, TaNaa Davis, Erica Watts, Robbie Lewis, Andreiona Williams, and volunteer Pam Coates, traveled to Holly Springs, Mississippi last week to assist in the...

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St. Joseph the Carpenter House

St. Joseph the Carpenter House

Hurricane Matthew was a very powerful, long-lived and deadly tropical cyclone which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007. Sisters will visit Lumberton, North Carolina.
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60 girls, three Sisters and one home

60 girls, three Sisters and one home

“Out of ‘hard times’ the girls share common values and learn to appreciate the life and opportunities they have. They know they are ‘cared for and cared about’ by the Sisters. They now can dream of possibilities."
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SCN Volunteers in Belize

SCN Volunteers in Belize

Get to know the new assistant director of the Lay Mission Volunteer Program. Ellen Sprigg joined the Office of Mission Advancement in Nazareth, Kentucky, earlier this month.
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St. John’s Belize Immersion Trip

St. John’s Belize Immersion Trip

St. John Francis Regis Church, in Hollywood, Maryland, along with their Pastor, Father Ray Schmidt, travelled to Belize, in Central America, and built a home for a family in need.
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Volunteer group visits Appalachia

Volunteer group visits Appalachia

This week SCN Lay Mission Volunteers along with Sister Luke Boiarski arrived at Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries in Beattyville, Kentucky. Their volunteer efforts are going towards the center, helping Dora Ross, director of Kentucky Cornerstone Ministries. This center...

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Youth volunteer their time with SCNs in Beattyville, Ky.

Youth volunteer their time with SCNs in Beattyville, Ky.

At the request of the mission committee at Vincentian Academy High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Luke Boiarski visited the school in March of 2017. She shared with the students about the volunteer ministry program and how they can become involved. As a result of the visit, the student council collected sandals to be donated to children in Las Flores, Belize.
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Volunteers ready themselves for Belize

Volunteers ready themselves for Belize

Sister Luke met with 29 volunteers in Belpre, Ohio, many of whom have been on former mission trips to Belize. They participated in a delicious meal, prayer, and sharing about their experience. Some of them will be sponsoring and building two houses in Belize this coming year.
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Earth Day in Louisville, Kentucky

Earth Day in Louisville, Kentucky

Volunteers of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth built a home in Belize City for Kendra and her family. The simple home was built in memory of Christin Gaston who taught at Father Andrew White School in Maryland.
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Volunteer in India

Volunteer in India

Volunteers were commissioned in Nazareth. In memory of the late Andrew Reed, his parents and children build a home for others in his name.
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