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Lourdes Special Needs US Military Pilgrimage Volunteer Sponsorship for Nicholas Antaki

With great appreciation for all US Veterans and Active-Duty Military, I will be volunteering in Lourdes, France May 5-16 to serve those who serve or have served us and our great Nation.

I've created this fundraising page to seek sponsorship of my Volunteer Service with Lourdes North American Volunteers during the upcoming Lourdes Special Needs US Military Pilgrimage, and am incredibly thankful for all contributions. This volunteer trip has a special place in my heart as I respectfully remember all those who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe, and acknowledge the unique hardships many of our service-members face. These wounded warriors are seeking peace and healing, and the love of Our Lady of Lourdes brings great comfort.

It would be a true honor to give back to Veterans and active-duty Military. This is important to me because of my deep respect and gratitude to family, friends, and all who have served honorably, particularly my Grandfather, Albert Antaki - A World War II Merchant Marine Veteran, my Great Uncle, Frank Spadaccia - A Vietnam Army Veteran, as well as countless other family and friends who have served or currently are serving all around the world.

Feel free to learn more about the organization I will be volunteering through, and this Special Needs US Military Pilgrimage by visiting:

http://lourdesvolunteers.org/military/military.html

On that site, you also can submit prayer requests and Lourdes Water requests. In addition, I would be glad to bring prayer requests myself, have Masses offered, light candles, or bring back requested items (religious articles etc.). If you would be more comfortable donating to the organization directly, you may do so here: http://lourdesvolunteers.org/donate/donate.html - though please include a memo with my name, or mention it over the phone, so they will know where to allocate the contribution. If a check works better, please send to:

Nicholas Antaki
78 Leicester Street
Port Chester, NY 10573

I have never been afraid to work hard to help others, and my level of energy has been lauded by many, yet I realize it is through Christ that I am so blessed to have such boundless energy, so that I may use it in order to be of assistance to his people. At the very bedrock of my soul, I truly believe that every single person in this world, regardless of race, creed, socio-economic status, or any other metric of judgment this modern world tends to inflict, is a child of God.

Lourdes is the Gospel in action; an amazing place where the first are last and the last are first – just as Jesus and his Immaculate Mother show us it should be. As one human family - where everyone is respected and loved as brothers and sisters - all have the ability to call Lourdes "home". Serving last year with a group from St. John's University exemplified this irrefutable truth. Giving of myself alongside other compassionate-hearted servants of God - whether it was in the Piscines, at the International Mass, Rosary Procession, Eucharistic Procession, or Train Station - all proved to be immense rewards in and of themselves. Even more so, Our Lady of Lourdes has heard and answered many prayers for me and others since my return. Her all-powerful prayer and intercession has been miraculous by any account, especially for my Mother, Brother, and Marie, an elderly woman my Mother works with who wakes up every morning before the sunrise to pray to Our Lady of Lourdes. With immense gratitude and veneration, it would be a true privilege to serve her and all the Special Needs US Military Pilgrims seeking her prayers to her Divine Son. The love of Lourdes has been instilled in my heart.

We are called to action, and this particular pilgrimage to Lourdes, France is one in which I embark on with a sense of great responsibility, and understanding that it will require an immense amount of work on my part - work that I willingly look forward to. In all truth, I thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon me, especially the health and well-being in mind and body to be able to take advantage of such an opportunity. As it is wisely said in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, it is in giving that we receive.

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your consideration and contributions. You will all be in my prayers in Lourdes as I volunteer during the Special Needs US Military Pilgrimage. Feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions or special requests.

Sincerely,
Nicholas Antaki
NJAntaki@yahoo.com
914-837-1860
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