The very first bridge I crossed was choosing to study for the priesthood, a decision that took me and everyone who knew me by surprise. Then came a series of bridges that once crossed brought me into contact with diverse peoples and their incredibly different yet similar needs.

Crossing Bridges: A Priest’s Uplifting Life Among the Downtrodden is the story of Father Ken Vavrina’s life and travels – simple acts that moved him, people that inspired him, and places that astonished him. Father Ken has spent his life selflessly serving the Lord and the neediest around him, while always striving to remain a simple, humble man of God.


    © 2017 Kenneth Vavrina

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    Mother Teresa addresses a gathering of clergy in Calcutta with Catholic Relief Services. Seated at the table (left to right) are the archbishop of Calcutta, Father Ken, and two representatives from the headquarters of the Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore.