The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity from Cambridge, Ohio took an Emmaus Trip to Amish country on Easter Monday, April 18, 2022. The Gospel story of the disciples meeting Jesus on the road is always read during a liturgy during the Octave of Easter. We keep the spirit alive by trying to plan something out of the ordinary in our travels together at this time.
The first stop was to eat at Berlin Farmstead Restaurant located in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country featuring fresh, homemade cooking. The second stop was to “Helping Hands Quilt Shop” also in Berlin, OH which was established in 1974 to preserve the Amish Country quilting traditions and also to grow to accommodate new ideas. There are over 3000 bolts of materials, notions, stencils, patterns and over 100 locally made bed quilts and wall hangings. For our own talented Sister Carol Juckem and Sister Helen Marie Paul who enjoy quilting, this was a delightful experience of oh so many colorful fabrics and such ingenuity.
The third stop was to a store that carried everything from the past that was fun to rummage around and reminisce. One of the Sisters found two Wedding gifts for relatives, another one found towels & a peeler for our kitchen, a couple of puzzles, & another Sister purchased a fancy, glass plate.
As we continued on our trip, we stopped in Walnut Creek for homemade ice cream which was a real treat. On the return trip we prayed the rosary and thought about the Disciples on “the way to Emmaus as they talked together of all those things which had happened.” Lk. 24:14 We also thanked God for the beauty of nature and for one of our many generous benefactors who provided the money for our trip.