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!”
Over February break, five of our teens traveled to the Germantown section of Philadelphia to help with different projects. Under the direction of Sr. Rose along with Paul & Debbie Amidon as chaperones, Alicia Clarke, Claire Dudley, Emma Groff, Graham Demo and Noah Race spent their week helping those less fortunate. This week Claire will tell us about what she did and what she most liked about her trip to Philly!
When I first saw the flyer for the trip, I immediately knew that it was something I wanted to do. Not knowing who was going or what we would be doing, I emailed Sr. Rose saying that I was interested in the trip. On our way to Philadelphia I didn’t really know what to expect, I had volunteered before within our own community, but I never had been to Philadelphia, or been fully immersed in a multi-day volunteering excursion. While I was in Philadelphia I saw, heard, and felt things that I had never experienced before.
As we first entered the city, my eyes were wide with the site of non-stop hectic traffic; cars zoomed around us as we found our way to the Vincentian Center for Youth & Young Adults, where we would be staying during our time in Philadelphia. As we exited off the highway, I saw how run down the buildings and homes were where some of the people of Philadelphia lived. Even though the plurality of the buildings were dilapidated, I could imagine in my mind what the row houses looked like during the golden days of city life. While we were driving through the city, to the various destinations where we going to help, I saw many different kinds of people. Continue reading