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New York priests join CFCA preacher team

September 24, 2010

Jesuit Father Ned Murphy and Oratorian Father Mark Lane, both from New York, are the newest members of the CFCA preacher team.

Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

“We are excited to welcome two fine preachers who come to us with a wealth of experience,” said Tim Deveney, U.S. outreach manager for CFCA. “Both Father Lane and Father Murphy have shown a long commitment to living out their faith and their vocations by walking with the poor.”

Father Murphy is co-founder of the nonprofit organization called “Part of the Solution” or POTS, an agency based in the Bronx. Its mission is to meet basic needs and restore dignity for people in need.

Although it began as a soup kitchen, POTS is now open seven days a week and has served thousands of people over 28 years, according to its website.

Father Lane has served as a pastor in Australia, the United States and Kenya. He has also been a teacher and a longtime friend of the Catholic Worker movement in New York.

During his time in the remote province of Turkana in Kenya, Father Lane said he was introduced to the “great gift of venturing outside the security and comfort of your own front door: the ability to see more clearly where you are and the rich possibilities of a bigger and fuller life.”

“I am honored to try and assist with the great work of CFCA: to help build relationships of mutual enrichment,” Father Lane said. “Through personal and practical engagement we can help each other build lives of dignity and joy.”

Many sponsors hear about CFCA through its preachers, who make sponsorship presentations every weekend in parishes around the U.S. Since the beginning of this year, CFCA has found sponsors for 14,500 children, youth and aging individuals through presentations by its preachers, lay presenters and volunteers.