GNSHappenings- November 2018

Written on: November 30, 2018

Plaza Event

The Grey Nuns invited residents of the Plaza Apartments to a  Meet and Greet evening so they could meet neighbors and enjoy sharing dessert and stories at the apartment complex where they now live. This was the second gathering. They invited neighbors in when they first moved to the Plaza, and now they wanted everyone to meet the new leadership Sisters who had moved in. Pictured here are Sr Rita Margraff, friend Ruth and Sr Mary Lee Farrell.


November Birthdays

Happy Birthday to our Sisters who celebrated birthdays this month: Sr. Maureen Quigley, Sr. Patricia Geary, Sr. Karen Marie Voltz, Sr. Joan Marie Daly, Sr. Ann McKee, Sr. Virginia Taylor and Sr. Anne Marie Beirne! Many blessings in the year ahead!

Help Appreciated!

Associate Elizabeth Abrams recently asked for a little help with personal items and packaged foods for the homeless in Frankford/Kensington. She was overwhelmed by the response from her fellow Associates.

Elizabeth goes out in the Frankford area with the Friar Novices who live at St. Joachim parish, on the 4th Sunday of every month. They visit the people living in tents under overpasses and bridges, and assist them in some small way. The needs are always great.

If you would like to learn more about this project and ways to help, please contact us and we will connect you with Elizabeth.

Art at Holy Redeemer Lafayette:     Sr. Ann Mckee

Sr. Ann calls this ‘blackbirds on pink.’ This is a good example of her technique described here.

An opportunity to offer some sort of art experience at Holy Redeemer Lafayette was presented to Sister Bridget Connor (an avid, and talented artist). On four Fridays in October Sisters Bridget Connor, Diane Bardol and Ann McKee shared a favorite art technique with participants.

On Friday #1 about 12 enthusiastic and talented people came to what Sr. Ann Mckee describes as Accidental Art. She describes the technique this way, “My art form is for those who cannot draw.  I cover the paper with various colors using different brushes and directions. After it dries I look it over for any part that pleases me, colors that blend, images that emerge, depending on how it is held….  Sometimes,  I take a smaller piece of paper with the center cut out to find the hidden spots, maybe copy it to the computer, find more out of that art piece.” 

Most folks returned on the second Friday which was a day to paint whatever they wanted to.

Sister Bridget taught the third Friday in October using both paint and a granular item—salt—to see the effects.

Sister Diane did the 4th Friday. Her technique involved  using Crayola crayons to begin the drawing, then painting the rest—the waxed areas come up beautifully.

The next round of classes will be held closer to Easter.

Marguerite’s Pantry: Sr. Anne Marie Beirne

Thanks to the efforts of the American Brotherhood Motorcycle Club under the direction of Our Lady of Fatima graduate John Cartier, 213 families were fed and 180 turkeys were distributed at Marguerite’s Pantry for Thanksgiving. Due to the generous support of several faithful donors from local parishes we were also able to distribute fresh produce along with the usual staples. St. Marguerite continues to work her miracles to those in need!  To see more pictures and learn about Marguerite’s Pantry, please follow them on Facebook @Margueritespantry

GNSH Area Days

During November, the new leadership of the GNSH arranged gatherings in Buffalo and Philadelphia for the Sisters to meet. It was an opportunity to gather in prayer, contemplative listening and as a community. Sisters were updated on current needs within the community and ongoing efforts to care for our Sisters as well as plan for the future.

Whatever the reason, and whenever the time, it is always good to get together with each other.. Pictured here Sisters Rita Margraff and Maureen Quigley.

Advent and Christmas Reflections

We will be publishing Advent and Christmas reflections from a few of our Sisters. They will be available on the Friday before the weekend to assist you in your preparation for Sunday Liturgy. We hope you enjoy their insights! They are available on Social Media and on our blog.

Photo: Aliis Sinisalu/Unsplash

Readers Corner

So many of our Sisters, Associates and co-workers are avid readers! We thought it might be interesting to share what you are reading, and a little bit about why you liked a recent book. Please send your submissions to Maryellen


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