About

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. 

History

The New Jersey Congregational Center for Cancer Care is a new 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, and begin the NJ Congregational Center for Cancer Care located at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. 

Staff

Liezl Bosch,

Program Co-Director

Liezl Bosch moved to New Jersey in 2018 as an international student and has since gained experience in a variety of pastoral and social justice work through connection with the Reformed Church of Highland Park. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and holds a Bachelors in International Management and French from the University of Bath (UK). In her role as director of the Cave after-school program and Resident Advisor for the Affordable Housing Corporation, Liezl has been committed to fostering environments that are safe and allow for connections and growth among individuals who have encountered difficulty and loss, which she hopes to continue in her work at NJIC3. During introverted moments, Liezl enjoys being in the gym, making cakes and clothes (she is more skilled at the former), and reading on park benches.

Bilal Hussain,

Program Co-Director

Bilal Hussain is a member of Muslim clergy serving local communities since 2016. Focusing on youth mentorship, character development, and counseling, his audience keeps him young. With a background in corporate finance and analytics, his approach to serving communities often comes with a variety of resources for community growth and development. Bilal is the director of an international non-profit providing humanitarian relief efforts in underdeveloped areas around the world. The care for humanity, unity and energy of NJIC3 is what brings Bilal to join the team in hopes of sharing his experiences and providing compassionate care for others. When not working Bilal enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.