Written on: January 31, 2018
The GNSH Associates held their monthly meeting at Holy Redeemer Lafayette on Saturday January 13. After prayer and sharing on a contemporary topic related to the charism of St. Marguerite, they moved to planning upcoming activities. Monthly, Associates serve at St. John Hospice and do other works of charity. They spent some time discussing different ways to support local charities, and charities that are already supported in some way by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart such as Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE) and SOIL Haiti (Sustainable, Organic Integrated Livelihoods).
During the meeting they were also presented with a new Associate Brochure designed as an invitation to others who may also be interested in becoming Associates of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. To learn more click here.
At the employee Mission Day Retreat a suggestion was made to participate in acts of service and ministry as a group throughout the year. Eileen Dickerson came up with an initial project, to collect diapers for families in need in the local area. We’ll be donating packages of diapers to local agencies who serve families with young children. We’ve also invited our neighbors here at the offices to partner with us. The collection will conclude on February 14, which this year is both St. Valentine’s Day and also Ash Wednesday, to draw the connection between real love, and it’s counterpoint, compassion. Thanks to Eileen for this great suggestion.
Read more about Project Compassion here.
Sister Eileen Spanier is making the move from North Carolina to the Philadelphia area at the beginning of February. It is a bittersweet goodbye because she has thoroughly enjoyed her time with the students and made many good friends in campus ministry. Sister Eileen states, “I am happy to be moving closer to my community and my family and anxious to see what God has planned for the next chapter of my life.”
Before leaving North Carolina, Sister Eileen involved the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and Maryellen Glackin, the Vocation Director, in one more project to introduce the Sisters to the students. Every year, the Collaborative Catholic Campus Ministers at a variety of Universities and Colleges in North Carolina invite their students to Give Your Heart Away Weekend. This is a weekend of prayer and service. Sister Eileen encouraged the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart to write to the students who would be on the retreat to offer words of encouragement. Maryellen will be present at the retreat to distribute the letters among the students.
It reads, “Fine. Go! BWWMUVM (But We Will Miss U Very Much!)
Thank you for spreading the Charism of St. Marguerite to so many students over the years. North Carolina is a better place because of you!
The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart received an unexpected recognition at a recent Life Celebration for Laura Montalbano who died in December. Mention was made in the biography her family provided, “She was especially invigorated as the many nuns began to move into HR Lafayette (sic) and she called many of them friends.”
We perceive that our Sisters have had an impact at their new residence, yet it was still surprising to know a family member noticed.
Rest in Peace, Laura. Your Nun friends miss you!
Addressed in this scholarly tome is the long and significant history of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in the “burg.”
The copy was sent to us for our archives and will be a nice addition to our collection.