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Bethlehem Facilities Reap Rewards of Service Program

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Sep 16 2016
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Heard anything good about young people lately? Our sisters at Monocacy Manor have heard, received and experienced Great News!

Did you know that every summer thousands of young people across the country join forces for the sake of offering loving service wherever there is a need? Catholic HEART Workcamp sent 55 enthusiastic, hardworking young people to Monocacy Manor for four days in July. Each day they arrived on the grounds of Monocacy Manor to “besiege us with love!” 

Our group included students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware and Virginia. Over those four days, they cleared brush from the creek area, erected a new deer fence around the Monocacy Farm Project fields, weeded and harvested crops, and cleared the paths, scripture gardens and lavender labyrinth. They also worked in our community cemetery and cleared an area of brush near there. At St. Francis Center for Renewal, a zealous group of young women reorganized several closets, filed vespers music, dusted art work and cleaned the kitchenette from top to bottom. 

However, it was not what the students did that made their presence so special for all of us. It was really about who they were and how they were during these days of service.

We had real flashbacks to olden days when the students gathered on the lawn of Mullen Hall for a pizza party on the last day. That same evening Sisters Bonnie Marie Kleinschuster, Donna Pusch, and Barbara Brown traveled to Saint Joseph the Worker School, where students were “camped out” for the week, for an evening of celebration and affirmation for these young men and women. They offered short testimonies about their experiences, sang, danced, and listened to heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the love they shared with others during their service.

More than 300 students overall came to Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley this summer. In addition to Monocacy Manor, students served at Mary’s Shelter, Mount Carmel Soup Kitchen, Holy Family Manor and Sacred Heart Hospital.

It may seem that all the news we ever hear about young people is negative. However, the sisters at Monocacy Manor hope to welcome these young people back with open arms next summer. They taught us something about the power of joyful, loving service to others. May God bless them and keep them safe throughout this upcoming school year! 

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