Dominican tradition of Service and community

On Saturday, July 23, we arrived safely back to Molloy at 4:45 p.m. after another blessed time at the Big Laurel Learning Center in Kermit, West Virginia!  Sister Kathy and Sister Gretchen were thrilled to Dominican tradition of Service and communityreceive a check for $6000 as well as $500 cash and other "treats" from the Molloy Community!  This year 10 boys from the area participated in the camp.  They kept asking throughout the week if they could return next year to our camp! They love our students and our students love the boys!  It is such a gift to watch the interactions that take place during the week!  I hope you get a sense after reading Elizabeth's experience of the impact this has on our students.

Thank you so much for your continued support in so many ways for this project!  Please mark your calendars.... Sister Kathy and Sister   Gretchen from Big Laurel are coming to Molloy on Tuesday, October 11. They would love to meet as many of you as possible from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Hagen Center, and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., they will give a more formal presentation!  They are so excited to come and thank you in person! More details to follow in September.

With deep gratitude,

Sister Diane
Big Laurel: Home is where the heart is...
(Elizabeth Meittinis)

Searching for the words to accurately describe Big Laurel isn't the simplest thing to do. It's the beauty of the ramshackle buildings, the forest mountaintops, and the community of "outdoorsy" Catholic Sisters and the unbelievable feeling of love that continues to have a profound impact on my life. I had a different mindset going back for a second year. I wasn't going down to be a hero or change the lives of those I was to encounter, but I was simply there to make the boys I would spend time with have one of the best weeks of their summer; and with 14 others by my side, we did just that. We established a friendship among the 14 of us, as well as, a family with those we served throughout the week. Between, Janga, Legos, huge group games in the pool, and going down waterslides together, we all established unending bond with the boys. The amount of smiles and giggles that were seen throughout the week are countless and the love we shared with one another is endless.

Watching the boys smile and laugh just by our presence is so overwhelming. We may have given our time to those boys, but they gave us so much more... happiness, gratitude, infinite love, and unending laughs. As with most things enjoyable things, our week flew by, and before we knew it, it was time to come back home. Hugs and handshakes we shared as tears filled our eyes saying goodbye to the boys. Although upset to say goodbye, it is comforting to know that the little time we spent with them makes a dramatic difference in their lives. I already have the countdown to go back! Only 351 days!

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