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Connecting through our stories

By Darcy L. Fargo

Darcy Fargo

March 4, 2020

We were complete strangers when we sat down together at a bookstore to discuss the woman’s long-time participation in ministry.

As I interviewed the woman for a story for a previous edition of the North Country Catholic, she shared with me why her faith is important to her and how she’s lived it out and continues to live it out here in the North Country.

Parts of her story resonated with me. Parts reminded me of my own faith journey. Other parts inspired me and showed me ways I could strengthen my relationship with the Lord.

She also asked me questions about my faith journey. We shared our stories.

At the end of that hour-long conversation, this woman I interviewed had become a friend. Strangers an hour before, we shared a hug as we ended the conversation.

Embarking on our North Country Catholic subscription campaign, we’re focusing on “Sharing our Stories; Sharing our Faith.” As part of that focus, we’re launching a new series of the same name (see the first installment on Page 4). In that series, we plan to share the stories of regular people – lay Catholics – developing and living their relationships with the Lord.

Sharing our stories helps connect us. It shows us how we’re similar. It shows us how we can draw inspiration from one another. In a diocese that covers more than 12,000 square miles, it can help draw us – people separated by significant geography – together.

But for this all to work, we need your help. We encourage all diocesan families to subscribe to the NCC and get these stories sent to their homes or email addresses.

We also need your story ideas. While we have contributing writers spread around the diocese, we don't hit every area. We don’t hear every story worth sharing. We count on you, our readers, to let us know when you hear a great story that should be shared.

And we thank you for your continued support of the North Country Catholic.

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