April 2020

With Palm Sunday spent in confinement and “social distancing” defining our Holy Week and Easter activities, we’d like to update all of our loyal subscribers on Pro Vita and Covid-19. We had a longish telephone conversation with Mihail Tanase this morning (4/6).  Although Covid-19 has imposed a number of new regulations and restrictions on the […]

March 2020 Update

Welcome to the new world of COVID-19.  Frank and I were supposed to be flying to Romania today to visit Pro Vita and assess progress with a newsletter appearing after that.  Instead we’re “sheltering in place” and hoping all of you are staying healthy, both physically and mentally.  The five seniors from St. Stephen and […]

November 2019 Update

November Greetings,Frank and I recently visited Pro Vita in Romania and enjoyed the bountiful hospitality as well as valuable planning time with Mihail and Melanie Tanase.  There’s a lot going on and even more projects in the pipeline.  First we would like to thank all of our recent donors:  Phyllis S., Charles J., Joyce Y., […]

August 2019 Update

It’s hard to believe that August is halfway over and schools are opening across the U.S. Fr. Sean Cavanaugh recently returned from a solo visit to Pro Vita and brought us up to date on what’s happening there.  Frank & I also had a lengthy telephone conversation with Mihail Tanase.  This Newsletter reflects what we […]

May Update and Invitation

Now that the Easter celebrations have passed, we would like to reach out to all of you with an update and an invitation. Construction is progressing on the economic and administrative center in Valenii de Munte although stormy spring weather has hampered progress. New pictures are available in the Gallery on the website. AFPVO always […]

End of Year Giving

We hope you all enjoyed a happy holiday with family and friends,  This is just a reminder that December 31 at midnight is your last chance to contribute to AFPVO and claim the tax deduction for 2018.  Checks dated today or PayPal contributions are still possible for deductions.  We want to thank all of you […]


This Tuesday, Nov 27, is GIVING TUESDAY.  Please include Pro Vita (and AFPVO) in your thoughts and your checkbook this week.  Remember we’re matching our sustaining donors dollar for dollar and all  first time contributors  2 dollars for every 1 contributed. Wishing everyone a warm and happy holiday season, Donna, Fr. Sean, and Frank

November 2018 Newsletter

4th Quarter 2018 Update – November 2018 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Lots of news to share and our (almost) final fund-raising appeal of 2018, A team of 7 Dutch volunteers spent a week working in Valea Screzii in early October, re-building an old house that had been moved to the Pro Vita compound but was uninhabitable.  They […]

Summer 2018 Update

August 2018 Dear AFPVO Supporters, As this summer is drawing to an all-too-rapid end, we have a lot of good news to share with you. Fr. Sean Cavanaugh recently returned from a trip to Pro Vita where he spent a week discussing the present and future plans with Mihail and Melanie as well as re-acquainting […]

May 2018 Update

Winter has finally ended in Romania, and we are happy to report that some progress has been made on the demolition and construction of the proposed social enterprises on the Valenii de Munte site. Pro Vita has finally received the local government’s permission to proceed with the demolition of the existing wooden buildings, but the […]