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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Rosaries, in whole and in part, find a new home in Malawi by way of Nine Mile Falls

by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register

(From the June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

After a heart attack about a year ago, Alain Struelens of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., felt compelled to say thank you, in the form of rosaries.

Nearly 20 years ago, Struelens had met Bishop Montfort Stima of Malawi, who celebrated Mass at Our Lady of the Lake in Suncrest while on sabbatical at Gonzaga University. Struelens contacted Bishop Stima and offered him rosaries for his parishioners in Africa – with a goal of one rosary for every member of Bishop Stima’s diocese.

So far, Struelens has shipped over 300 rosaries to Bishop Stima. Most he has made – he prefers to use metal chain and then glass for the beads, but will also use other materials as they become available – but also repairs broken, unused rosaries and passes them on. A complete rosary takes him about 75 minutes to complete, he said.

Struelens and his wife, Holly, are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Spokane, where fellow parishioners have been incredibly supportive of his rosary project, he said.

Rosaries, broken or whole, to be sent to Africa – pieces of rosaries are helpful, too, as are rosary-making materials – can be sent to Alain Struelens, P.O. Box 272, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026, or call 276-6663.

Rosaries, in whole or part, can also be left for Struelens at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1104 W. Heroy Ave., Spokane.


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