On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, friends, family and former students of Fr. Jack Warner, SJ, joined together for a fun evening for a worthy cause. Fr. Warner has been in ministry in northern Honduras since 1979, when he founded Teatro La Fragua. Teatro La Fragua means “Theater of the Forged.” Fr. Jack and his troupe use theater to promote goodness and to bring the Gospel to life for a population that has so little. His work touches the lives of 20,000 people annually, primarily in the impoverished community of El Progreso.
Until 2016, Teatro La Fragua had been the beneficiary of numerous donations from a generous benefactor. When he died, several members of the St. Louis University High School (SLUH) community rallied to aid the theater organization.
Fr. Warner graduated from SLUH in 1962 and then served as a Jesuit Scholastic at the high school 1970-72. He taught English and directed plays, and his former students and theater participants wanted to ensure that Teatro La Fragua will continue.
A committee was formed that included:
As Glenn Strebeck explains, the real drive for the Roast came from Kate Nolan Hagan, a former cast member from several of the shows directed by Fr. Warner. “Kate was the driving force on this event. From its conception to the execution, Kate took charge and made certain that two things were accomplished, first that everyone had an enjoyable evening, and second, that Fr. Jack received the support he needs.”
The committee and the many donors to Teatro La Fragua plan on holding an event next year as well. As Strebeck says, “we don’t know for sure what special event we will do, but we can promise that it will be special!”
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