FNE

Niagara River FNE

Niagara River Explorers Group is a member of The Federation of National Explorers  (FNE).   FNE is a Catholic youth movement in 20 countries with 60,000 members.


WHY I JOINED THE FEDERATION OF NORTH AMERICAN EXPLORERS (FNE)

By Pierre de Rosa

I had the good fortune to visit with Paul Ritchi, the General Commissioner of the FNE in October 2013.  He was bringing a group of youth to visit Buffalo and Niagara Falls.  What I saw impressed me deeply.   Twenty five boys and girls, all dressed in full uniform, paying the Divine Mercy Chaplet on their knees on the steps of the altar of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, in Lackawanna, NY.   No one forced them.  They were there willingly.

Monsignor Paul Burkhard then gave them a brief tour of the Basilica, built by the Venerable Father Nelson Baker in four years.  It was paid in full upon completion from nickel, dime and quarter contributions from people around the country.  Father Baker attributed the success to prayer.

That is the story of FNE also.  Boys praying fervently...and believing.  FNE is a Catholic youth development program, modeled after Lord Baden-Powell's original scouting program.  As a veteran scoutmaster of over 20 years, what impresses me most about FNE is the spiritual aspect of the program.

Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis have all called on us to devote our fire to the new evangelization.  In an age where secular culture is luring our children away from faith, FNE answers a need.  FNE follows the teachings of the Church with everything done in the light of faith.

Spirituality infused into adventure is something that attracts our youth because their leaders feel equally certain of the value of being "an ordinary saint".  It fits our boys, our faith and our times!

 

 

 

WHO IS THE FNE?

The Federation of North American Explorers (FNE) is a volunteer Catholic faith-based youth movement that teaches responsibility, promise, commitment, leadership, service, and loyalty. We explore nature, the outdoors, the community, service to others, leadership, and the Catholic faith.

 

 


NIAGARA RIVER EXPLORERS
IN THE NEWS


Click on the link below to see the article from the Western New York Catholic Magazine about the Niagara River Explorers.

WNY Catholic Article 11-2016