Be sure to check out the article in the July 11 edition of The Evangelist entitled “Building ‘Bridges’ to a New Life” (pg. 8). Read about the recent Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World graduates and how they are determined to succeed.
On June 20, two women were celebrated as they graduated from the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World program that is run through Bridges Out of Poverty. The ceremony was held at the Watervliet Housing Authority. Lisandra Sepulveda and Charlotte Brown spoke of their Future Stories, which were inspirational and heartwarming. We wish them both the best of luck and offer our prayers for their success.
The Daughters of Charity hosted the African Fair on June 14. All items for sale were beautifully displayed as well as the baskets reserved for the raffle drawing. The Ladies of Charity were generous in their donations of items to be sold, preparing two baskets for the raffle, taking chances to win those baskets, providing delicious goodies for the LOC baked goods table and offering their assistance with the baked goods sale. The Fair was a huge success with the Daughters raising over $7,000. Proceeds from the Fair will be sent to three missionary sites in Africa where Daughters from their Province are working. What a blessing!
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Albany Association of the Ladies of Charity held their Installation Mass and dinner. The beautiful Mass was presided over by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger at the DePaul House chapel followed by a dinner at Wolfort’s Roost. Over 70 of our members attended and it was wonderful to enjoy good food and fellowship with so many of our Ladies.
Elizabeth Guiry, Martha Snyder, Beth McCrea and Geraldine Mazza were installed as new members and JoAnn Kearns, Kathleen Kearny and Mary Q. Reagan (deceased) were honored as Life Members. Congratulations to you all. We look forward to working with and getting to know our newest members and continuing our work and learning from our Life Members. We are blessed!
On May 11, we held our
annual May Crowning at the Daughters of Charity DePaul House Chapel. We began our morning with a breakfast
reception followed by Mass, which we all shared with the Sisters. We
crowned two Mary statues, one in the DePaul House Chapel and one in the St.
Louise House courtyard. It was a beautiful celebration of Mary.
At our April 9 General Membership Meeting, two special people spoke to us about the Bridges Out of Poverty program called Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World (“Getting Ahead.”) Josh Willenbrink, Training Coordinator from Schenectady Works, told of his experiences as a child growing up in poverty and being the first one from his family to live a self-sustaining life. He spoke of how he is now working with individuals who are living on the margins and how he helps them “get ahead.” His story was riveting and we learned a lot about the mind set of those who live in poverty.
As an added bonus, one of the Cohoes graduates of the Getting Ahead program, Emily Counterman, spoke about her life in poverty, how she got there, her participation the the Getting Ahead program, and how she is working hard to keep herself on track. Emily also talked about how she believes in giving back to those who have helped her along the way as well as to those less fortunate. She was an inspiration to us all.
A very special thank you to Lady of Charity, Kathy Kavanaugh, for her tireless work with the Bridges program and for recommending these two speakers.
In March, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at St. Louise House with Friends in Harmony. In addition to their rendition of many popular Irish songs, Sr. Mary Agnes surprised us with her version of “Who Put the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder.” The Sisters enjoyed singing along to their favorite songs and a good time was had by all!
The Albany Ladies of Charity mourn the loss of our long term Spiritual Moderator, Sister Denise Anne Williams, D.C. Sister Denise touched the lives of all people she came across and will be missed dearly. A wake service for Sister Denise will be held today, Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. A prayer service for Sister Denise will follow at 7 p.m. Both will be held at DePaul House Chapel, 96 Menand Road, Albany. A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Denise will be celebrated Friday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m., in the DePaul House Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Donations in Sister Denise’s memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, 4330 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63108-2622.