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Experiencing the Splendor of India

Posted by Administrator (admin) on May 19 2017
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On May 6, more than 250 people entered Mullen Hall (some say it was transformed into the Taj Mahal) on the grounds of Monocacy Manor in Bethlehem, Pa. for the celebration of the seventh annual Star Struck Gala. They were greeted by women resplendent in colorful saris and tables draped with beautiful flowing material and flowers. An enormous elephant donned in fabric and jewels stood center stage. 

Guests sampled Indian hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed a fine, festive meal. During dessert they were captivated by the Vedanta Dance Academy troupe as they shared their culture and heritage through graceful movement and beautiful dress. The Silent Auction attracted many, and the Star Struck Raffle had lucky winners. Faithful friend and retreatant Dorothy Trexler won the gorgeous star-patterned quilt. She was thrilled!

Since the School Sisters of St. Francis have always been in involved in education and formation, St. Francis Center for Renewal chose to shine its light on Philip Fromuth, PhD, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Allentown. Four outstanding Women of Strength were honored as well – Milissa Bolcar, Pamela Tuskes, Teresa Connors (all former graduates of St. Francis Academy) and Sister Regina Ann Rokosny. In addition, a San Damiano Crucifix was presented to Ellen Kraft in remembrance of her mother, Joan Kraft, friend and benefactor of the Renewal Center.  

With oohs and ahs the guests affirmed the talents and dedication of Jan Gough and the Gala Committee. Sisters Ancy Francis and Beena Jose from the Region of India also attended the Gala in traditional Indian dress. They too complimented the committee on their efforts to bring the splendor of India to life.

Next year’s Star Struck Gala will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of St. Francis Center for Renewal, featuring Msgr. John Murphy. Stay tuned for details to come!

Below: Sisters Ancy Francis and Beena Jose of the Region of India wore traditional saris, as did Sisters Georgette Dublino and Marguerite Stewart, who both spent significant time ministering in India.

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