The Lord has called us not to be served but ‘To Serve’.
EVANSVILLE, IN, December 27, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Last year, Raymond Brenner, or “Father Ray” as he is known in his community, made a big decision regarding his legacy; moving his faith into the global online world. Having recently retired (in June 2019) he chose to continue spreading God’s message in an even bigger way than he’d done before. He knew he had more work to do not only with St. Joseph Catholic Church, but for the charities he has supported for many years. These causes range from children’s health services to women’s communities of worship and so much in between. Therefore, the answer was logical: expand his influence in a way that Father Ray could keep making a difference.
With two episodes already released, Christ Today with Father Ray has proven to be exactly what people need during these times of doubt and uncertainty. The previous episodes touched on issues of the times; COVID-19, societal unrest, education, worship, and so much more. As reliable as Father Ray’s annual support of his favorite charities has become, so too is the promise of new, exciting episodes of his acclaimed show. The common denominator of all Father Ray’s efforts is faith in God and the betterment of life for those of us here on earth.
Utilizing his decades of experience and wisdom gained from the scriptures as well as his own personal faith, Father Ray is the man for the job in every possible way. As the year 2020 has spun increasingly out of control, people in the world need sanity and steadiness; faith and security. Episode Three will be debuting before the end of the year, documenting certain trials and tribulations of our time, but also promoting the aforementioned charities and organizations during this holiday season. This Christmas was the first since the coronavirus pandemic reshaped our lives in so many ways, and Father Ray plans on navigating this to the best of his ability with his community and his audience, so that we can all face the days ahead with faith in our hearts and the love of God in our lives.
“The Lord has called us not to be served but ‘To Serve’.” -Raymond Brenner
Some of the charities that Father Ray donates to include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana, Riley Children’s Foundation, Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology, Sisters of Providence, Mater Dei High School, and Sisters of St. Francis (Oldenburg) to name a few. Here is an overview of these organizations for you to better understand the importance of their respective plights:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Click here to support.
The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States, are monastic women seeking God through the Benedictine tradition of community life, prayer, hospitality, and service to others. By their life and work, they commit themselves to be a presence of peace as they join their sisters and brothers in the common search for God. Click here to support.
The Riley Memorial Association, now named Riley Children’s Foundation, was established in 1921. The group’s first project was to raise enough money to purchase and preserve Mr. Riley’s Victorian home in the Lockerbie neighborhood of Indianapolis, and open it to the public. The group further honored Mr. Riley’s legacy by building Riley Hospital for Children and opening Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities. Riley Hospital opened its doors and received its first patient in 1924. The history of Riley Children’s Foundation is one of generosity, shown by thousands of supporters who have made the hospital, camp and museum home such treasured resources. Riley’s Emergency Department is Indiana’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center treating 30,000 kids each year. Click here to support.
The mission of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is the initial and ongoing formation of priests, permanent deacons, and laity to minister together effectively in the service and evangelization of the Roman Catholic Church and the world. Realizing this mission requires attention to the distinctive identity and formation of priests, permanent deacons, and laity as well as the development of professional skills to assist them in working together for effective ministry and evangelization in the Church and the world. Click here to support.
Sisters of Providence is a community of Roman Catholic women religious (vowed sisters). The Sisters of Providence live out Jesus’ radical Gospel message by dedicating their lives to love, mercy and justice. They collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. For more than 175 years, the Sisters have been breaking boundaries and creating hope by serving people on the margins of society throughout the United States and in Asia. They serve according to each of their diverse talents, in the areas of education, social and ecological justice ministries, health care, church and spiritual ministry, and more. Click here to support.
For over 67 years, Mater Dei has been the heart of Catholic education in Vanderburgh County. With a focus on the holistic development of each and every student, they encourage their students to dream big and realize opportunities they might not have imagined. Click here to support.
The Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are women of prayer, committed to the Gospel values as lived by St. Francis and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier. From their life in community they are sent to extend the mission of Jesus through their presence and service. Enlivened by a spirit of justice, reconciliation and peace, they collaborate with others in responding to the needs of the world. The Sisters of St. Francis fulfill these words by being women of prayer in the ministries they do and the places where they are present. Since Vatican II opened the doors to the many needs of the world, the Sisters minister in education, parish ministry, social service, healthcare and social justice. Click here to support.
Raymond Brenner has made it his life’s mission to help people and to spread the word of the the Lord. The aforementioned causes comprise a great portion of his celebrated and appreciated generosity. His charity work is second to none. Father Ray pursued this very story as a promotional vehicle solely to move forward the message of giving and love, especially at this singular time of year. He simply asks that you learn about these good causes through their respective websites, and if you’re so inclined the contribution pages are easy to find. Any level of contribution will surely be appreciated.
To learn more about Father Ray please visit his official website here.
To view episodes of Christ Today with Father Ray please click here. (Episode Three coming the week of December 28, 2020)
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