December 1st is Giving Tuesday–a global day dedicated to giving back. We are joining thousands of religious and non-profit groups and communities who will be participating. Last year, thanks to you, we raised $17,000 for our Sisters working in Africa and Latin America. This year we are hoping to raise $25,000 to help support our active, retired Sisters.
After a lifetime of service in schools and parishes, many of our retired Sisters continue to be of service by volunteering in life-giving, life-changing ministries. Here are just a few of their stories:
- Sr. Michela Sheehan volunteers at the Sutter Memorial Hospital Intensive Care NeoNatal Unit in Sacramento. Now 80 years old and a former foster mother of special-needs children, she has a compassionate touch that helps these little ones thrive. “She is intuitive and knows just what is needed to help the patients, their families and staff,” shares Diane Rhodes, Manager of Volunteer Services at the hospital.
- Sr. Pat Hutchison, a History Professor at NDNU for over 20 years, now 77 years of age, volunteers teaching English at a Catholic Worker House and at a senior center in Redwood City. These students are motivated and excited about learning English in their adopted country. Talk about life-changing! Sr. Mary Jane Floyd, director of the language program, says of Sr. Pat, “She not only brings years of teaching experience to our women, but more importantly she gives them much-needed encouragement. Everyone is blessed by her presence.”
- A long-time teacher, principal and missionary to Alaska, Sr. Julie Marie Thorpe, now at age 85, co-leads a grief group for children at a hospice center in San Mateo, a ministry that has touched her heart and helps these young ones to start healing.
Your donation today will help support these Sisters, and many more, who serve in volunteer or underfunded positions. And thanks to generous donors, we have $6,500 in matching funds. So your gift of $100, becomes $200!