The work of NJIC3 responds to the complexity of cancer in our families and communities through individual, congregational, and systemic engagement, support, and advocacy. NJIC3 seeks to address the spiritual, emotional, social, and practical needs of those dealing with cancer, using tools drawn from the areas of contemplation, collaboration, and care.
For more information on specific offerings, see the “Our services” pages.
The New Jersey Interfaith Center for Cancer Care is a program created to honor the legacy of beloved community member, Franco Juricic. Franco was a long time Merck employee who died suddenly of pancreatic cancer in 2019. Franco attended New Brunswick Theological seminary during his final 10 years at Merck, studying at night. He learned so much after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis 10 years prior about caring for those with the disease. He retired from Merck in June 2018, excited to pursue full-time his passion for ministry. He was to be ordained the very day that, instead, we performed his funeral.
Franco dreamed of starting a ministry for cancer care. Utilizing the strength of faith communities collaborating through a non-profit community development corporation, we are poised to make good on Franco’s dream.