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Encountering God in Family and Compassion

Kent Ferris, OFS

On this International Migrants Day, our story of encountering God comes from our friend Kent Ferris, OFS. 

Kent supervises the Immigration Office in his role as the Director of Social Action for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Davenport as well as chairs the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission for the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order.

I’ve seen God in our three children, as they first argue and fight, and then forgive and defend each other.

I’ve seen God embrace a fellow parishioner as she battles cancer.

I’ve seen God in my teachers during my week of community organizer training, knowing that working for justice is as important as our expressions of charity.

I’ve seen God in the compassion shown by our counselors in the Immigration Office here at work to the hundreds of individuals and families they serve every year.

And I encounter God every day with my wife whom I’ve been blessed to be married to for 25 years. Praise God!

We want to hear your experiences of encountering God this year. Please share them with us on Facebook!

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