▪ Sr. Lena May, Vocation Director, attended the National Catholic Youth Conference, which drew 30 bishops and over 21,000 youth and youth ministers together for the Eucharist, presentations, dialogue, and fun. Our congregation was represented by a booth set up by Sr. Lena in the section for women religious vocations.
▪ In her role as Secretary of the Ministerial Association, Sr. Francesca Lowis continues to share inspirational thoughts and her unique photos with the local ministers of various religious denominations. Together with the hospital chaplain, Rev. Ronald McCauley, they have published a book of morning prayers. The monies they gain from the sale of their book will benefit the St. Joseph hospital charities. West Virginia is one of the poorest States in the USA, especially in the rural areas where the hospital is located. This year the physicians paid for approximately 350 Christmas turkeys to give to the employees. Several who felt they did not really need one, gave them to those less fortunate. One employee, who was at work for her first day, felt that she did not deserve one. When the administrators insisted on giving her one, she thanked them with tearful eyes. Each employee received a Christmas bonus of the same amount whether they worked full-time or part-time, thus living out the Gospel of the workers in the vineyard. All very much appreciated the generous benefits they receive, especially the gift of health insurance.