Franciscan Sister Emy Beth Furrer shares news from St. Gabriel Mercy Center, Mound Mayou, Mississippi, including Virginia Tech students’ visit, Diocese of Biloxi Youth Rally, Hammond, Louisiana outing and gathering of new board of directors.
Virginia Tech Students’ Visit
In early March twelve students from Virginia Tech came to provide volunteer services at St. Gabriel Mercy Center as well as to the civic community. Through a gift of one of our benefactors, Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo arranged for tickets and entrance into the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi for the students and the Sisters where Taylor Swift, pop-rock singer, is being featured. (The only other Grammy Museum is in Los Angeles.)
Diocese of Biloxi Youth Rally
At the invitation of Ray Lacy, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Biloxi and companion, Mr. Mark McMillan, Sister Monica Mary and Sister Emy Beth Furrer attended the 40th Diocesan Youth Rally in Biloxi to speak about the services offered at St. Gabriel Mercy Center. While on the Gulf Coast, the Sisters met up with friends of St. Gabriel Mercy Center, our St. Vincent de Paul benefactors from Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Louisiana Day Trip
A one-day outing to Hammond, Louisiana, to visit with Sister Juden Lang and her sister, Dorothy was a delight! Sister Juden was on her home-visit celebrating a family wedding. Niece Debbie, and husband, Mike, hosted us at their home with an authentic Southern luncheon: shrimp, catfish, crawfish, and all the trimmings.
New Board of Directors
Tuesday, March 21st brought the members of the new Board of Directors of St. Gabriel Mercy Center together for their first active session. Unfortunately, Mr. Vic Byas needed to be absent on this particular evening. Indeed, we are moving forward the mission, vision, philosophy, and values!