St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, North Carolina welcomed visitors Sam Stanton and Fr. Bill Vos, July 12-15, 2012. Sam Stanton is currently the executive director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, a division of Maryknoll which prepares and sends lay volunteers to mission fields all across the globe.
We sent the following email of thanks to Ann Hayden and to Sr. Mary Ellen, regarding the recent visit by Sr. Mary Ellen to us at the Father Price Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates, in Wilmington, NC.
Dear Sr. Ann,
We, the Maryknoll Affiliates of the Father Price Chapter in Wilmington, NC would like to thank you for sending us Sr. Mary Ellen. She truly blessed us with her gentle, animated presence that are so representative of the Maryknoll charism. She shared with us the memorial tree-planting along 5th Avenue in downtown historic Wilmington near St. Mary Catholic Church, School, & Shrine, which concluded with a reception attended by our Mayor, Bill Saffo. The reception was held at The Bellamy Mansion, a Civil War era house not far from St. Mary's.
Sr. Mary Ellen graciously shared her Bolivian adventures of mission with both the Spanish-speaking affiliates and the English group, with an additional presentation to the Hispanic/Latino youth.
We all enjoyed talking with Sister and listening to her stories of the people and culture of Bolivia. I especially appreciated her visitation to our HIV medical home bound clients, and her very kind companioning of Marisol, one of the Spanish-speaking members.
As the album of photos shows, we also took Sister on a tour of our historic district which included the Fr. Price marker and the former St. Thomas Church where "Fred" was baptized, confirmed, and ordained.
Thanks so much, again, for gifting us with such a special woman!
Blessings to All,
Gaye Hieb, Fr. Price Affiliate Chapter
On September 10, Fr. Paul Masson visited the Fr. Price Chapter in Wilmington. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!
Our Lord is the Supreme lemonade-maker from the least promising lemon trees. Once a year, a day is set aside to gather our courage, to join in friendship & support, to remember those we've lost, and to renew our faith in a battle with HIV and AIDS.