‘Ted’: His life. His legacy.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
At the end of Mass, following a parish appeal, Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Director, was approached by an elderly gentleman who said, very cryptically, “I’m going to do something really special for you.”
It was only years later that the meaning of these words became clear when we received our largest-ever charitable bequest.
‘Ted’, as he liked to be called, had been a loyal supporter over the years, sending small gifts when he could, to support the needy church around the world. He lived in a small ﬂat in a very modest and unassuming way but, with no living relatives, he had made up his mind to oﬀ er his time and his talents in service of Our Lord – and ‘Ted’ was very talented when it came to making ﬁnancial investments.
He kept his word to God, and to Neville, through the wonderful gift he made in his Will to Aid to the Church in Need. Following his wishes, some of it was sent to the Franciscan Friars in Bangladesh to build the chapel of St Anthony’s Ashram at Pirganj (see above). To this day, ‘Ted’s’ picture can be seen pinned to the altar.
Every gift received, whether large or small, is of immense value, not only for the impact it makes, but as a gesture of love to Christ in his Church, and all kind benefactors are remembered in our prayers.
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Provide emergency aid to displaced Christians in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world where Christian communities suﬀer targeted violence for their faithfulness to Christ.
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