New Jersey's 2018 Benefit Banquet Celebrates the Lord's Work "for Generations to Come"

On April 25th, Saint Paul’s Outreach New Jersey hosted its annual Benefit Banquet. The night focused on celebrating the work the Lord is doing, has done, and will do on campuses across the county, like Seton Hall University and Rutgers University

Fr. Philip Merdinger, founder of the Brotherhood of Hope, and Mr. John J. Miller, a longtime SPO supporter and national board member, were this year's Servant Leadership Award honorees.

 John Miller, Gordy DeMarais, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and Ed Moccia

John Miller, Gordy DeMarais, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and Ed Moccia

 Gordy DeMarais, Fr. Philip Merdinger, B.H., Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and Ed Moccia

Gordy DeMarais, Fr. Philip Merdinger, B.H., Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, and Ed Moccia

Fr. Philip spoke about the particular privilege of being a part of the "University Apostolate" and the great need for Christ in the lives of so many young men and women in college. Next, three students - Tim O'Shea, Jen Hobeika, and Ryan Lindsey - gave witness to Fr. Philip's words and shared about how their lives have been transformed by Christ through the work of Saint Paul's Outreach.

Ultimately, this work on campus would never be successful if it wasn't for the Lord and his abundant providence. So, it was fitting that the night ended with a worship song led by students and missionaries.

The banquet theme was taken from Ephesians 3:20, "God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine." And that’s exactly what happened at the banquet! We announced a goal at the banquet to hit $240,000. With $180,000 raised before the banquet, we wanted to raise an additional $60,000 the night of. Through the generosity of those in the room, we exceeded that goal by $35 and ended the night at $240,035 and counting! Thank you to all those who support this crucial mission of awaking faith in the lives of students on campus.