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Ira and Rebekah Mandel to Speak about Knox Co. Recovery Coalition to Aquinas Group at St. Bernard Church in Rockport

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Dr. Ira Mandel and Rebekah Mandel, RN

Aquinas Group
“Wonder is the desire for knowledge.” St. Thomas Aquinas

Dr. Ira Mandel and Rebekah Mandel, RN will give a presentation on the current drug epidemic and on the community wide efforts of the Knox County Recovery Coalition to fight the cause and effects of drug addiction in Knox County at the next meeting of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish’s Aquinas Group on Tuesday, October 18 at St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland. Light snacks at 6:30 PM; the program will begin at 7 PM. Author and teacher Ned Bachus will host this and the other Aquinas Group sessions, which are free and open to all.

Established earlier this year, KCRC has established work groups to focus on 1-Education and Prevention, 2-Treatment and Recovery Pathways, 3-Criminal Justice Opportunities, 4-Recovery Support Services, and 5-Supporting Family and Friends. The Mandels have been instrumental in the development of KCRC, and they will give an overview of the Coalition’s mission and activities; they also will talk about how their work fits into their spiritual and religious journey and how one impacts the other. They are members of St. Brendan Parish and also of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland.

The Aquinas Group meets once a month on a Tuesday (usually the third) at 7 p.m., with the site alternating between the Belfast, Camden and Rockland churches that comprise St. Brendan the Navigator Parish. Activities are free and open to the public.

November 15th’s Aquinas Group program at St. Francis Church in Belfast will feature a panel discussion on faith and life work, featuring two parishioners and a congregant at Camden’s Chestnut Street Baptist Church. For December 13th’s program at Our Lady of Good Hope in Camden, Ned Bachus will lead a book discussion on J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy.

For further information or questions please contact Christine Cammelieri in the Faith Formation Office at 236-4785 ext. 101.