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This past Christmas Day, my beautiful bride of 35 years passed into eternity. Carmela Valentina Coyne had a bubbly persona and loved to encour…

After 40 years of ministry in the Salem area, Barbara Fletcher is retiring — but not without a well-earned title: Patron Saint of Encouragement. The title was given to Fletcher by a friend who watched her serve in multiple ministry roles over the years at Salem Alliance Church. The friend observed Fletcher being one to many people, helping and praying for those who were troubled, and training and cheering on numerous leadership teams.

Priests who leave say they miss the key element of their mission, their work and relationships with the people in their congregation