Faith plays big role in our future

What started as an idea put forth by former Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon has grown into an event that annually helps to inspire residents from across our region.

Conlon’s premise in 2004 was that prayer can make a difference in the lives of individuals and the communities they live in. His call for an ecumenical gathering that would help to create a climate for economic development through prayer, leadership, management and teamwork was brought to life through the annual Faith in the Future event.

This year’s breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Friday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, located at the corner of Fifth and Washington streets in downtown Steubenville. Like all of the previous gatherings, it will offer the opportunity for a time of fellowship, the chance to hear a speaker and to pray for the future of Jefferson County and the Tri-State Area. Those who attend are able to share what they have learned with members of their families, in their workplaces and with their friends and neighbors.

Rich Donnelly, a native of Steubenville and a longtime coach in Major League Baseball and with several minor league teams, will be the guest speaker. A graduate of Catholic Central High School, Donnelly’s faith has played an important role in his life.

Past meetings have been very successful, and have led to a series of monthly luncheons held on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Tracy McManamon, the longtime president of Faith in the Future, and Phyllis Riccadonna, a longtime member, are once again working to put the event together. They, along with Pete Zanetich, Mike Florak and Kathleen Giannamore, deserve the thanks of our community for keeping the movement alive.

Organizers are asking for an $8 donation to cover the cost of the breakfast.

We hope you’ll join with your friends and neighbors and pray for the future of our region.