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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    My sweet Gemila, a leper who tested negative, she assisted us in Taiz at the leper colony with the care for other lepers. Her hands were horribly crippled. She sadly died after I left Yemen.