I am excited about the creation of Father Ken’s Vineyard by his longtime friends who sat together in alphabetical order for eight years at St. Bede School. The new nonprofit reduces fundraising pressure on Father Ken so he can focus on helping the needy in intercity Los Angeles, Haiti and Africa.

I was glad to attend a class reunion at St. Agatha’s parish and witness the spirited enthusiasm during his well-known Mass enlivened by Gospel music. My wife, Francie, and our children, Alexis and Kevin, returned to St. Agatha because it was a place where we all enjoyed the services.

His real work began, though, when the Sunday celebrators went home and he turned his attention to helping people living in his impoverished parish. His extra effort continues.   I am thrilled to be involved in keeping the Father Ken mission thriving. I love the idea of working with the same people who dropped quarters into Pagan Baby boxes in second grade, presented fundraising hot dog sales in seventh grade and organized dances in eighth grade.

The band has gotten back together and we are on a mission to support the good work of Father Ken. I invite you to join us.

Bob Pratte