War Camp Survivor, Widow of Fallen Soldier and Retired Navy Chaplain share Stories during Fortnight for Freedom
SAGINAW —The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is currently commemorating the Fortnight for Freedom, a 14 day period of prayer, education and public witness to create awareness of the current challenges to religious liberty. As part of its local efforts, the diocese has produced a series of videos featuring powerful interviews with three members of the local faith community.
"When Freedom is Lost" shares the story of Stanley Krajkowski, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Saginaw. Krajkowski was born in Poland in 1929 and was just a young boy when his country was invaded. He and his family spent five years in a Nazi work camp. In an interview with FAITHvideo, he explains what life was like when freedom was lost.
"The Cost of Freedom" is the experience of Katie Youmans-Eichler, a youth minister serving St. Peter Parish in Chesaning. In 2005, her husband was injured in a blast while serving in Iraq. He spent four months in the hospital with Katie by his side. When he died, he left behind Katie and their infant daughter. Youmans-Eichler knows the cost of freedom and discusses the sacrifices men, women and families make to defend freedom.
"Ministering to those who Serve" highlights the naval career of Rev. Ed Boucher, a retired Navy Commander and military chaplain and senior priest of the Diocese of Saginaw. Father Boucher grew up on Lake Michigan and had a special love for being on the water. He asked permission from his bishop to join the Navy as a chaplain and spent several decades, during both times of war and peace, offering spiritual counsel and guidance to military men and women at sea.
Along with dioceses across the country, the Diocese of Saginaw began commemorating the Fortnight for Freedom on June 21 and will conclude on July 4, Independence Day, when Americans remember those who have died defending freedom.