January 25, 2020 saw crowds of enthusiastic plungers gathered at the National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C. for the 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge to #KeepWinterCold and Franciscan Action Network was there!

FAN’s Plunge team this year was: our new Executive Director, Steve Schneck (pictured, top, left); our Director of Campaigns and Development, Jason Miller (pictured, top, right); FAN friend and food justice advocate, Patrilie Hernandez (pictured, bottom) and FAN Intern and Franciscan postulant Tim Amburgey. We also ran in to Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM who plunges each year in full habit!

This year the Franciscan Action Network has a lot planned in our continued mission to care for creation. One major commemoration will be a celebration of both the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si and 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Partnering again with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, FAN set a goal this year to raise $5,000 and with your support, we surpassed that goal!

Thanks to your generosity, we raised $5,135.40!

We managed to get some video of Jason’s plunge, which you can see by clicking on our social media pages below.


We can not thank you all enough for your continued support of FAN and our mission to care for all of God’s beautiful Creation.

Peace and All Good.

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