‘Searching For Meaning’ to raise money for ‘Anson Strong’

Photo contributed by Ashley Lindsay Father Gerry Condon, bottom left, watches as participants rehearse “Searching For Meaning,” a play he wrote to coincide with the St. Patrick's Day holiday. Performances are March 11 in Ione and March 15 in Heppner.

Father Gerry Condon has continued his annual tradition of writing and directing a play leading up to Heppner’s Wee Bit O’ Ireland celebration.

The retired priest gained inspiration for this year’s drama, “Searching For Meaning,” from Philippians 3:7-8.

“But those things I used to consider gain I have now reappraised as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ.”

St Paul, Condon said, had a unique transformation from sinner to saint. In addition, he said throughout history there have been many similar transformations. However, in the life of many ordinary people, Condon said there are transformations of a less significant kind.

“These often happen with only a minimal outward or external evidence,” he said. “Yet such transformations bring about a radical change in the lives of those people.”

Such people, Condon further explained, have found a new meaning for their lives. They are moved by a new passion. There is a new satisfaction in their lives. There is an inner joy and peace in their hearts.

“‘Searching For Meaning’ is a story of some people finding that new light in their lives,” Condon said.

The play will open Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at Ione Community School, 445 Spring St. And a final performance will be held Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 525 Gale St., Heppner. Desserts will be served.

There is no admission charge for either performance. However, donations will be accepted for “Anson Strong.”

Money received will be donated on behalf of Anson Fairbank, the 2-year-old son of Matthew and Adrienne Fairbank of Pendleton. The youngster is fighting leukemia. Anson’s grandparents are Jim and Monica Swanson of Ione, Brad Fairbank of Pendleton and Missy Fairbank of Adams.

Performers in the production are Barney Lindsay, Josh Coiner, Dan VanSchoiack, Ann Morter, Brian Kollman, Beth Dickenson, Larry Lutcher, Janet Greenup, Bill Monagle, Rita VanSchoiack, Bill Kuhn and Nikki Coe. In addition, the Willow Entertainers are featured, including Joe Lindsay and his children, Andrew, Ryan and Cori Jo.

For more about the performances, contact Ashley Lindsay at, 541-376-8285 or 541-379-4079. Search Facebook for more about “Anson Strong.”

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