of seeing something exotic and extraordinary to
paint and sketch. All this because we hope to
keep alive Sister Annie Credidio and The Damien
House in circulation."
Village, N.Y., and is an adjunct professor of hu-
manities at St. John's University. Joe is a corporate
employment tax consultant with Barnett Associ-
her patients, but so many
others working to keep the
dream of The Damien
by their warmth and gentle
patience in suffering, draws
not only herself into this
work but also others. From
chance donors to doctors
who devote weeks and vaca-
tion time to fly off to do valuable nerve restora-
tions, people from all over the world come to
help. The patients and their families flourish, life
goes on without horror, and, as in the old days,
the cause of Catholic charity continues," said Paul.
and these nuns that we met. This is biblical; Christ
was curing leprosy, why not be connected to an
affliction that's perceived to be so horrific?"
munications coordinator at St. Bonaventure.
Franzetti is with the St. Bona-
venture University community,
specifically the men's rugby
2012, and raising more than
$3,000. The Bona ruggers
have pledged to sell another
400 of the 2014 calendar --
Best of Brazil -- and raise
more than $2,000.
received," said Joe. "Like with
the rugby team, I wasn't the
most refined player, but I was
well acquainted with the
spirit of our team and that
camaraderie has lasted like a
car that never breaks down; it
just continues to run well."
SBU ruggers to benefit
Damien House, rugby team
the floating Uros Islands at Lake Titi-
caca, Peru. RIGHT: This painting of the
islands by Paul appeared in the 2013
Wonders of South America calendar.
back to his time at St. Bonaventure.
venture my heart was really open," said
Joe. "There was a sense of charity all
around St. Bona's, so it was only natural
one day I would be involved with some-
thing like this."
the Galapagos Islands. Their art and calen-
dars have not only helped increase public-
ity for Damien House and Hansen's
disease, it has secured a steady flow of fi-
nancial support, including a few big one-
ing Wonders of South America 2013 and
Best of Brazil 2014.
mous sites such as moai (Easter Island
heads) and the Christ the Redeemer statue
overlooking Rio de Janeiro, sweeping land-
scapes, exotic wildlife, and the smiling
faces of indigenous children.
given countless hours and spent countless
dollars working to raise awareness. They
have visited with Sister Annie in Brooklyn.
They have travelled to locales such as Pan-
tanal, Patagonia, the Andes and the Ama-
zon. They have visited every South
American embassy in Washington, D.C.,
and even returned to The Damien House
in 2009 for a party in their honor.
"We've hiked, snorkeled, rafted, canoed,