A trained social worker, Montfort Fr. Francis Pizzarelli has a long tenure as a celebrant in local parishes in Suffolk County, where there were 360 opioid overdoses in 2016, more than two and a half times the number in 2010. He has been ministering to people affected by addiction and other crises, through Hope House since 1980.
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With parish and diocesan encuentros wrapped up, diocesan delegates have moved on to the regional level of the V Encuentro — a four-year grassroots consultation with Hispanic Catholics throughout the United States. Representatives from 14 out of the 15 dioceses throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa gathered April 27-29 to talk about Hispanic Catholics in the heartland.
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