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January 5, 2013

Peace Academy students help out

METHUEN — Students at the Islamic Academy for Peace have been busy helping local children and others across the country.

Members of the Student Council are leading a coats collection for the Anton’s Cleaner’s Coats for Kids drive through Jan. 21.

Students have also sent teddy bears for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. They are also collecting new and gently used books for the “Reach Out and Read” through Children’s Hospital. So far the school has collected over 100 books. Books or coats can be dropped off at the Islamic Academy for Peace, 125 Oakland Ave.

Kimberly Hahn leads women’s retreat at St. Thomas

DERRY, N.H. — Kimberly Hahn, wife of renowned Christian writer Scott, leads a retreat for women March 23 at St. Thomas Aquinas, 26 Crystal Ave.

“Women of Faith: Blessed and Called,” includes talks, adoration, lunch, confession and recitation of the Rosary. It ends with Mass at 4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $40 and the retreat is limited to 300 people.

In 1993, Hahn and her husband published, “Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism,” a book which details their conversion to Catholicism.

Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister and very anti-Catholic, but became interested in the church due to its stance on contraceptives. After prayer, Bible study, and reflection, he converted at Easter 1986. His wife is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister, who also converted to Catholicism.

The Hahns were married in 1979.

In addition to Rome Sweet Home, Kimberly Hahn has published, “Catholic Education Homeward Bound,” co-written with Mary Hasson, 1996; “Life-Giving Love” co-written with Scott Hahn), 2001; “Genesis to Jesus,” co-written with Michael Barber, 2007 and “Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage” 2007.

The retreat is sponsored by St. Thomas’ Knights of Columbus Council 3023. To register, contact the church at 603-432-5000.

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