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Annual breakfast looks to the future

Faith in the Future is driven by a simple concept — hat prayer can make a difference in the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live.

That spirit, that belief that faith can move us forward, will be renewed Friday when the organization holds its annual breakfast.

The speaker will be Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, and he will be reminding everyone who attends that while it is important to focus on the needs of our region, we can’t lose sight of what can be hoped for.

It’s an ideal that can be traced back 12 years, when then-Bishop R. Daniel Conlon asked a simple question to a group that had gathered at Holy Name Cathedral: Why not put faith back in our community?

Out of that meeting grew the idea for an annual breakfast where residents from around the region could gather for fellowship, to hear a speaker and to pray for the future of Jefferson County and our area.

Those who have attended the event in the past have taken that inspiration and shared it with their families, in their workplaces, with their friends and with their neighbors.

The movement has become so successful, in fact, that it has inspired a series of monthly luncheons that are held on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Together, the annual breakfast and those luncheons show that growth and development throughout our region can be measured as much by attitude as it is by construction.

Friday’s breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and will be held at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, located at the corner of Fifth and Washington streets in downtown Steubenville. A donation of $8 will be requested.

We thank Tracy McManamon, president of Faith in the Future, and longtime member Phyllis Riccadonna, who helps keep the event organized, for their work, and we hope area residents will participate in the annual breakfast.

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