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PAGE 16 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC DECEMBER 15, 1991 Special to Arkansas Catholic THOREAU, NM --With the approach of Christmas,Very Rev. Douglas A. McNeill CFr. Doug" to His friends) has cause for both rejoicing and concern. Fr. Doug's cause for rejoic- ing is the Indian Mission's spanking new "Miracle Van" that many friends helped earn for the school through Campbell's Labels for Educa- tion program'. "We call it oar 'Miracle Van' because we knew when we started saving for it that it would take a miracle for a school oar size to eamit," the Brooklyn-born priest declares. He says he daily gives thanks for (and remembers in prayer) all those who shared in the ha rd work of the labels project. Fr. Dong's cause for concern is the struggling Indian Mission's critical financial need. "Right now, I'm praying for the miracle weneed for the funds to assure we can keep our school open and meet other critical needs of our American Indian neigh- bors," Fr. Doug declares. In his 17th year as Mission Director, the Irish priest is at the helm of a nearly 50-member strong corps of dedicated lay missionaries. Some of the missionaries serve as teachers in the Mission's fully- accredited school, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Academy and some help carry out the other work of the Mission, including bringing both food and water to aging fa-lends helped Fr. Doug and students collect 975,000 Campbell's labels to earn this new "Miracle Van" for the Indian Mission school. Fr. Doug is praying now that Arkansas Catholic readers' hearts will be touched to send an urgently-needed gift as the school faces a financial emergency. St. Bonaventure Indian Mission Director Fr. Doug McNeili and Scla Prindpal Sr. Michelle Geerken, M.H.S, are pictured with a group ofstudents m front ofthe"MiradeVan" that many friends helped the Mi on School earn through Campbell's Labels for Education Program. Navajos living in,abjectpoverty . in remote areas of the barren • Reservation which has been of- • ten compared to an emerging . "Third World" nation. Many * dwellings have dirt floors and . no water or electricity.* Fr. Doug acknowledges that . new lay missionaries often ask, * "Father, is this America?" . For all help the Mission is able * to provide, the priest gives credit . to lay missionaries, who, he said * "can stretch a dollar farther than • anyone else I know." • Gifts to St. Bonaventure In- • dian Mission amd School are * tax-deductible. The school also • qualifies for "Matching Gifts." • ••••••@O•••OOOOOOO••@••OOOOOOOOOOOOO•••••0@••OOOO•• Dear Arkansas Catholic Reader, • I'm turning to you for your urgent help. I'm praying you • will join me this Christmas in a partnership of prayer, love • and concern• • My urgent and serious problem is the plight of destitute • families and aging Firs~Americans here on the Eastern • Navajo Reservation ...and the future of our Mission school • boys and girls. I cannot turn my back on the despair bred my near-Third- World poverty, so I 'm begging for your prayers...and your • help. I cannot turn my back on starvation and malnutrition, • so I am begging for your prayers and your help. I cannot • turn my back on a new generation of American Indian boys and • girls I see as condemned to lives of hopelessness without an • education, so I am begging for your prayers...and your help. • Christmas b~essings, • .. Father Doug M~N4ill P S. I'll pray for your needs in my Christmas Masses • •••••••••••••••••OOOOOOOOOOeOOeOeOOeOOeO•OOeOe•OOeO• Illllllllllll Ciip and Mall Today lllllllllll Dear Father Doug, here's my emergency Christmas gift of $ Pray for my Intention: Name Address City State Zip. ( ) Please check here if you gould like to receive a specially-designed, gold-plated Good Shepherd Pin as a token of appreciation for your gift of $100.00 or more. You will be enrolled as a member of our 1992 Good Shepherd Club for whom Mass is offered on the 15th of each month. ( ) Please check here if you would like to receive an authentic Good Shepherd Sandpainting as a token of appreciation for your gift of $200.00 or more. You will be enrolled as a member of our I992 Good Shepherd Club for whom Mass is offered on the 15th of each month. Brooklyn- born Fr. Doug McNeill with a group of students ( ) Please check here if you would like to receive a sterling silver cross, set with turquoise, made by our local Indians, as a token of appreciation for your gift of $35.00 or more. It is a unique piece of jewelry you will wear -- or give - with pride. Send to: Father Doug McNeill % Christmas Help from Arkansas Catholic Readers St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School Eastern Navajo Reservation -- P.O. Box 610 Thoreau, New Mexico 87323 - 0610 ^CLaaa-vE