We thank Thee for the morning and the singing of the bird.
We thank Thee for the quiet and peace of eventide and the blessing of sleep which comes with the night.
As we rise in the morning to work in our gardens, grant that the toil of our bodies may bring tranquility to our minds; that the growth of our plantings be exemplified in the growth of our souls; that the fruit of our trees be the perfect attainment, the crowning glory of a life dedicated to Thee. Amen.
From Hidden Hills Garden Website posted by Peggy Hill.
On April 23, Maggie Conley was recognized at the LeMoyne College Dolphin Choice Awards, with the Dr. John Blasi Award for Service. Maggie is a senior at LeMoyne College and a communicant of St. James Church (when home from college).
The following is an excerpt taken from the speech given by Beth Scanlon at the Dolphin Choice Awards on April 23.
“Dr. John Blasi embraced the Ignatian value of service and involvement with the local Syracuse community by starting the Projects in the Community program over 40 years ago. The Dr. John Blasi Award for Service recognizes a student who has served the community at large, through advocacy and volunteer efforts. This individual demonstrates an understanding of the college’s mission, by putting it into conscious, consistent action, through the desire to be a kind and welcoming presence for others. In St. Ignatius’ prayer for generosity, he asked to learn to “serve as you deserve, to give without counting the cost, to labor without seeking rest or reward, all to know that I have done your will.” These words summarize the actions and deeds of this young woman we are honoring tonight.
Maggie has assisted with the Samaritan Center Sandwich Making throughout her time at Le Moyne, is currently working to establish a program with the Emmaus Street Ministry, has been a retreat participant and leader, and was on the team for the first Campus Ministry Explore Program for new students this year. Maggie has participated in the Le Moyne Alternative Break Program (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Dominica, NYC), a faith based program responding to the call to work for peace and justice in the world through domestic and international service and learning opportunities for the students, faculty and staff of Le Moyne College, and has encouraged others to do so. Maggie’s gentle and inviting spirit is what one notices first, whether here on campus, or in the larger Syracuse community. Congratulations, Maggie!”