2017 Christmas Appeal Letter

Dear Friends:

Every day the Willwoods Community strives to minister the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to all that we serve. Thank you for your prayers and financial gifts throughout this past year as all of your support helps sustain our ministries and makes our success possible.

“New Orleans has only 47 affordable rental units for every 100 low-income residents”.
– The New Orleans Tribune

In 2017, the Willwoods Community provided over 1,000 safe, secure and affordable housing units to families and low income residents across the metro area of New Orleans. Our nine complexes average an overall 98% occupancy rate with waiting lists at many of the properties.

“There is a crisis in the family. It is evident that the Sacrament of Matrimony has been devalued”.
-Pope Francis

Over the last five years, the Willwoods Community has helped over 700 couples grow their marriages with weekend Married Couples Retreats that focus on the sacrament of matrimony. In 2017, the Willwoods Community Faith and Marriage ministry launched United in Love, a six-part marriage enrichment series to be used in parishes. Coming in 2018, the newly renovated Christian Life Center at St. Joseph Abbey will be the host site for future monthly married couple retreats.

“Traditional and Social Media have unparalleled influence on all aspects of human life in modern times”.
-TV News Check

WLAE was honored in 2017 with a Gabriel Award, Telly Award and Emmy nomination for the documentary film, A Legacy of Love – Henritte Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family. The recently released, Leah Chase – The Queen of Creole Cuisine, documentary film premiered with great response from viewers this past fall. TheDailyMass.com continues to spread His Love Anywhere in the World with the Mass from St. Louis Cathedral and other Catholic content delivered on demand to a computer, tablet or smart phone.

As you make your plans for your end of the year giving, please prayerfully consider a contribution to help continue and grow our efforts. Your donation, however large or small, assists our mission – Rooted in Prayer, United in Service.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas season and a prosperous and Happy New Year!

Ron Yager
The Willwoods Community

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