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CANCELLED : DUE TO ILLNESS FATHER VAVRINA WILL NOT BE SIGNING HIS BOOK AS PLANNED TODAY


CANCELLED 

DUE TO ILLNESS FATHER VAVRINA WILL NOT BE SIGNING HIS BOOK AS PLANNED TODAY

Father Ken Vavrina signs his new memoir “Crossing Bridges” at The Bookworm – Sat. Nov. 7 from 1-4 pm

Support Father Ken Vavrina and his new memoir, “Crossing Bridges: A Priest’s Uplifting Life Among the Downtrodden,” at a book signing he’s doing this Saturday Nov. 7, from 1-4 pm, at The Bookworm. He’ll be there as part of a local author-book expo. I will be there, too, because I helped Father Ken with his memoir. Show love to this veteran social justice champion who has given so much to North Omaha, to the African-American community and to people around the world. His life of service to others is a calling to all of us.

Father Ken and I hope to see you there.

Leo Adam Biga
My Inside Stories
https://leoadambiga.com/

 

Father Ken has been one of North Omaha’s most dedicated servants, making great contributions at Sacred Heart, Holy Family, St. Richard’s and St. Benedict the Moor and through Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) and the Bryant Center. He has been a good and loyal friend to the African-American community. His book is an inspirational account of his vocation serving others and it is a call for us to do the same.

The much traveled shepherd has pastored flocks far beyond Omaha. He lived five years in a mud hut minus indoor plumbing and electricity tending to lepers in Yemen. He became well acquainted with the slums of Calcutta, India while working there. He spent nights in the African bush escorting supplies. He spent two nights in a trench under fire. The archdiocesan priest served Native Americans on reservations and African-Americans in Omaha’s poorest neighborhoods. He befriended members of the American Indian Movement, Black Panthers and various activists, organizers, elected officials and civic leaders.His work abroad put him on intimate terms with Blessed Mother Teresa, now in line for sainthood. and made him a friend of convenience of deposed Liberia, Africa dictator Charles Taylor, now imprisoned for war crimes. As a Catholic Relief Services program director he served earthquake victims in Italy, the poorest of the poor in India, Bangladesh and Nepal and refugees of civil war in Liberia.

He found himself in some tight spots and compromising positions along the way. He ran supplies to embattled activists during the Siege at Wounded Knee. He was arrested and jailed in Yemen before being expelled from the country. He faced-off with trigger-happy rebels leading supply missions via truck, train and ship in Liberia and dealt with warlords who had no respect for human life.
If his book has a message it’s that anyone can make a difference, whether right at home or half way around the globe, if you’re intentional and humble enough to let go and let God.
Please support Father Ken and his book. He has a story and a message we can all benefit from.
You can read excerpts from the book on my blog, leoadambiga.com. You can also read about Father Ken in my November New Horizons cover story at newstands now. The story can also be found on my blog and on my Facebook page, My Inside Stories.

Other authors in attendance and their books:

– Marilyn Coffey, Mail-Order Kid: An Orphan Train Rider’s Story and Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers

– John D’Arcy, Magic Letters of the Alphabet

– Claire Flatowicz, Seeing the World Through Rose-Colored Trifocals

– Natalie Guenther and Kim Schenkelberg, It’s Really 10 Months and It’s Really 10 Months Special Delivery

– Marco LeRoc, Cash In With Your Money and Screw College Debt

– Mary Mahoney, The Thissen Tales

– Kirsten Meier, The Reindeer Tree

– Danica Patchen and Diane Murphy, Ribbit, Qualler, Quack

– Rita Rae Roxx, Once Upon a Rock Star

– Frances Ruh, The Schepp Family Chronicles, Risk Everything, and Question Everything

– Katharine Sires, Grandfather Big Elk

– Fred Tichauer, Real Estate Investors: Clients for Life

 
 
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  1. November 6, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I have the pleasure and honor, to have met and work with such a fantastic man, as Father Vavrina. He has always been so supportive of PULSE, which is an Organization that supports secondary victims of homicide. His sincere compassion for others, is so incredibly, humble and admired by so many.

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  1. November 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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