Operation Starfish helps build village in Haiti

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Father Robert C. Cilinski, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Burke, officially concluded the parish's 2015 Operation Starfish campaign by presenting a check to Food For The Poor CEO/President Robin Mahfood May 28.

The donation will be used to continue the development of Good Shepherd Village near Grand Boulage, Haiti. The village is named in memory of Father Richard Martin, former Nativity pastor, who worked with Food For The Poor for 16 years. Father Martin died in May 2014.

"This year, we began a new tradition," said Father Cilinski. "Each year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of Father Martin's passing, we will have a second collection at all our Masses for Operation Starfish. Thus, Father Martin and his legacy of love for the poor will be remembered in our parish at a special time each year, with prayer and a tangible expression of mercy toward the weakest and poorest among us."

Scheduled to be built out over three years, the Good Shepherd Village eventually will include 120 houses, solar lighting, a community center, health clinic, agriculture projects and a kindergarten.

Find out more

Go to foodforthepoor.org/operationstarfish

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015