This is the second time this year that the Bread newsletter has recognized Bread members who at one time lived in Albuquerque! (If you recall, an earlier issue contained a tribute to Titus and Charlotte Scholl).
Barbara was a member of Shrine Parish of St. Bernadette in Albuquerque, where she worked to introduce issues that were important to Bread. Her work bore some fruit. Last year, St. Bernadette was one of four Catholic parishes in Albuquerque to have some form of letter-writing activity around the 2007 Farm Bill. Even though it wasn't a full Offering of Letters, many members of the peace and justice committee, under the leadership of Susan Tomita and Marilyn Novak, took time to learn about The 2007 Farm Bill and to write letters to Rep. Heather Wilson and Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici.
(Incidentally, the three other Catholic parishes that organized Offerings of Letters were Aquinas Newman Center, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church and St. Anne Catholic Church).
Here's an excerpt from the December issue of the Bread for the World newsletter:
Several years ago, Bread for the World member Barbara Kingston had a generous idea: when she sold her home in New Mexico, she gave 10 percent of the gains she realized to Bread for the World. This year, when she sold that home and moved to North Carolina, Ms. Kingston again donated 10 percent of her earnings from the sale to help Bread for the World in our work on behalf of hungry and poor people.Way to go Barbara!
We miss you in our community. But our loss was North Carolina's gain.
(The image above is Bread for the World's new logo)