Pain can be healed. Hate can be turned to love. Division can be turned to unity. The Church can and will be one. — The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement

For over a century in upstate New York, the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement have helped the disadvantaged while also promoting Christian unity. As we celebrate the Church Unity Octave this week, which they instituted, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at the community and its co-founders, Mother Lurana White (1870-1935) and Father Paul Francis Wattson (1863-1940). Someday both of them may be saints on the Franciscan calendar.

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