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Deacon Bill Turrentine

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Deacon Bill Turrentine serves in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In addition to his parish duties, he and his wife, Pat, teach natural family planning. Deacon Turrentine also serves on the board of the Couple to Couple League, a leading provider of NFP classes. 

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