This Lent, we’ll share a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Very Rev. Chas Marks has written a few thoughts for this first Friday of Lent. People often think of Lent as a time for “giving up” something. While fasting and self-denial are an important aspect of this holy season, Lent is also a time for us to “add on” practices that help us better live out our Baptismal call to be the Body of Christ in the world.
This Lent, we’ll share a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Th.D. has written a few thoughts for today, Ash Wednesday.
Full of energy, fun-loving Kaden, 7, is contantly in motion. Like most young boys, he prefers to be outside, riding his bicycle and playing with friends.
Sisters Chloe, 9, and Kailey, 13, are both crazy about animals. Currently living with a foster family on a Kansas farm, they love every minute of country life. They’re also fans of the arts. Chloe likes the theatre, and Kailey enjoys music, drawing, and crafts.
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Jade is a creative, funny, and bright teenager who performs well in school, earning mostly “A”s with little effort. The 14-year-old loves to read and given the opportunity, will devour a novel in a single day.
Dozens of Saint Francis employees and volunteers recently loaded, transported, and sorted 4,000 toys destined for children served by Saint Francis Community Services this Christmas. In what has become our largest Christmas for Kids toy collection, Saint Francis staff and Great Plains Manufacturing employees loaded thousands of donated toys Tuesday in Salina, Kansas, and delivered them to Sankey Auto Center for sorting and distribution to children in foster care this Christmas. By Shane Schneider.
Ricardo and Sonja Torres tried to have their own children for years. Yet, when friends told them about fostering to adopt, they didn’t jump right in. They discussed it. Again and again. They also prayed. They had lived so long together, just the two of them, that they wanted to be sure this was exactly what God intended for them. Finally, they took the leap. Licensed with Saint Francis Community Services in 2016, the Wichita couple began taking care of children in police protective custody (PPC). By Shane Schneider
Affectionate and loving, 6-year-old Taven likes to have his head tickled. He’s also an active boy who enjoys swimming, swinging on a swing set, and playing outdoors. Indoors, his favorite activity is watching “Baby Einstein” on television.
This Saturday, more than 30 children will formally receive “forever families” during Saint Francis’ annual National Adoption Day celebration at Exploration Place in Wichita. Saint Francis staff, along with judges, attorneys, and clerks from the 18th Judicial District, will gather with adoptive parents and children to finalize adoptions and celebrate adoptive families.