St. Francis church in the snow in February

St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council Honors Tom Fletcher

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council is pleased to honor Tom Fletcher for his exemplary service as he walks in the path of Jesus, feeding the hungry, serving the homeless and homebound, and reaching across borders to provide education to children in El Salvador.

Photo of Tom FletcherBurien is home to Tom. He was baptized, and received the sacraments of First Penance, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

One of Tom's first experiences in volunteering was in 8th grade, when he served in a program called God's Green Earth. The fruits of this program contributed to the Chicken Soup Brigade to feed the hungry. Tom's connections with the program ultimately resulted in a project for St. Francis of Assisi 8th graders, which carried into additional years for the students.

The Orion Center is an organization Tom has been involved with for many years. He was an active volunteer for approximately 15 years, and still contributes regularly to their cause of providing food and support to homeless youth in Seattle.

Tom has served as a Eucharist Minister, locally and also when he was an active member of WSU's Newman Club. One local woman he visited only spoke Spanish, which prompted Tom to study the language in order to better communicate with her. This turned out to be providential in that he later became involved in the St Francis of Assisi Sister Parish Program and has found a enduring love for the people of El Salvador.

Tom's first visit to El Salvador was in 1997, at the prompting of Bob and Joan Wardian--founding members of the Sister Parish Council. At the request of parish staff there, he stayed three months, during which time he taught English to 9th graders, giving them an opportunity to extend their schooling (which frequently ends at 8th grade). Upon returning home to Burien, he has continued to stay active with the Sister Parish Program. He has been part of St Francis of Assisi delegations to El Salvador 13 times now. He continues to be instrumental in providing interpretation services between the families of El Salvador and members of St. Francis of Assisi. Tom has enjoyed being involved and has seen the program grow from 25 families to 43.

Being an active member of St. Francis of Assisi parish has been a long and meaningful relationship for Tom. He appreciates the sense of community and service it promotes. The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council feels the same way and says, "Thank you, Tom Fletcher!"

 

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