Sunday, December 23, 2012

ADVENT joyfully concludes... Photos!

Hey everyone! 

Time flies when fun is had... and I have been having fun!!

Here are some photos taken in the past couple months :D

Lots of love! 

5K that I walked with one of the residents at SMH; pictured with another resident and her son
"Walk for the Well of It" 3-mile walk in Ridgely

Halloween trick-or-treating with the daughter of a SMH resident

In D.C. with a Minnesotan friend

Along the mall in D.C.

Beautiful-- in honor of women & nurses

First Lady's garden on the White House lawn

Monday, December 10, 2012

More ADVENTures

Over Thanksgiving and the weekend I went to Charleston, SC to visit friends!  Katie and I graduated together from St. Ben’s, and she lives with her husband Karl in Charleston.  We shared a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal and company of friends.  The weather was fantastic when I was there (they had rain all week before I arrived), so Katie and I spent much of our time outdoors.  We walked around downtown Charleston two different days; again another place so rich in history.  I enjoyed a few tourist experiences as we paddled a small boat through Cypress Gardens, visited a slave mart—the original building still standing, and toured a plantation outside of Charleston complete with a tour of the main house and self-guided history in nine slave houses.  I appreciated being able to put real images to the history that we—especially as mid-Westerners—only read.  Charleston is a city of authentic and original cuisine, so Katie and Karl treated me (as their first visitor!) to a few of their favorites including unique tacos, Indian, Southern comfort food, and also brunch at the Farmers’ Market. 
Life at the monastery is and has been wonderful!  Mostly I am not around here as much as I’d like to be.  Or when I am around I am running to and/or from someplace else which is not conducive to conversation or quality time.  Lately some nun-life adventures include beautiful preparation as we are moving through the season of Advent.  I have my flute here and have loved contributing to the liturgy, especially because of Advent hymns.  Scarves, scarves, scarves!—we had a very successful sale and received many orders from staff and parents of Benedictine.  The race has been on to complete scarves to fill these orders.  I will admit that I took quite a long break from knitting, but have jumped back in and do what I can.  I spend many of my volunteer hours in the evenings which reduces my evening communal television and knitting time. 
I thought I wrote about this already, but I didn’t—I visited Washington D.C.!!  I have had some wonderful touring experiences with a couple friends in the area.  We went to D.C. for a day early in November and saw all of the monuments and memorials.  I am itching to get back to see the museums—a couple at a time since I have the time to do so!  It was a chilly, windy day, but we got lots of walking in.  We also walked by the White House and saw the First Lady’s garden.  I am so grateful to the many friends and acquaintances generous with their time and keen on contributing to a full experience for my time here. 
Another experience to add to these—Handel’s Messiah!  Just Saturday night Sisters Patricia, Jo-El, Mary Elizabeth, and I had the privilege of attending Messiah put on by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists; it was held at Chesapeake College.  It was incredible, beautiful, breathtaking, and more!  I hadn’t ever heard the full 2½ hour oratorio, and the bar was set high for any future performance of it.  I am so blessed. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My ADVENTures!

Wow!  The end of November already!  Time certainly has flown by for me.  I cannot believe I’ll be traveling to MN in less than four weeks.  I definitely have lots to share from the past weeks I’ve left you without updates of my adventures.  This is your fair warning that this will be a long post and/or one of two…  =)
In November my childcare hours increased, my days and schedule at the (Benedictine) school have changed, I’ve had new projects related to the Barn, and I had many wonderful days of relaxation and reflection.  I took one of the St Martin’s House residents along with her 18-month-old daughter trick-or-treating a couple days after Halloween.  Many towns rescheduled the town trick-or-treat because of Hurricane Sandy that week.  It was Lucy’s first time out on Halloween and she got scared right away by the costumes, but we had a fun time and of course got a little candy. 
I had an opportunity to stay at a condo in Ocean City, MD for a couple days.  The Sisters were given one week of a timeshare there and Sisters Colleen and Patricia invited me to join them!  It was chilly (low 40s) when we were there, but inside we enjoyed the company of one another, shared meals, reading for pleasure, and the presidential election updates.  It was a perfectly timed get-away. 
The following weekend was a holiday bazaar in Ridgely put on by the joint parishes of Ridgely and Denton (another nearby town).  The bazaar has a 5K run and fun walk as well, this year being “Run for the Well of It”—the money raised went toward providing clean, drinkable water for communities in Ghana.  Some of the House residents, their children, and I had a great time walking three miles in the crisp, sunny morning.  Anthony who’s nine turned it into kind of a competition and ended up speed walking ahead of us, finishing almost ten minutes before the rest of the group!  We were very proud of his ambition. 
Speaking of the Saint Martin’s House children—oh, so many stories and misadventures I could share!  As I mentioned, I have been doing childcare for the House residents (in the evenings when they’re at college classes or meetings) quite often.  Just this week I planned to care for Lucy and (Anthony’s four-year- old sister,) Rosie but also had to do transportation for the residents that evening and night.  So I set out from the House with the two residents on their way to college night class and Rosie who has to ride along because I’m in charge of her.  On our way we pick up Lucy from day care; after singing songs about November and the other months of the year Rosie falls asleep in the backseat.  We arrive at the college to drop these two women off and pick up Lucy’s mom who had an afternoon class.  Upon returning to SMH (St Martin’s House), Rosie sleepily gets out of the car while I’m waiting for the second she snaps out of it to instantly be wound up for the entire night… 
Next we heat up Rosie’s dinner and Lucy’s mother leaves with me Lucy and her own dinner.  The two are sitting and eating as I get distracted by the 11- and 12- month olds who want my attention and run around finding drinks and activities to bring with us as I had to leave shortly to be out driving for the rest of the night (again bringing Rosie along).  Next thing I know Lucy’s whole plate of food is on the floor, she’s crying about her hotdogs, while a ball bounces and babies continue to crawl and walk through it.  Alright, I guess we’ll make a new plate of dinner for Lucy!   Oh, and did I mention that somewhere in there Rosie is running around with the second half of her pork chop hanging out of her mouth?  Yep.  [I wasn’t going to mention it, but some of the Sisters insisted.]  Rosie, sit down if you’re going to finish eating and yes, you do need to wear more than a t-shirt, leggings, and sandals when we go outside…
Those were the events of that evening, but really life is never dull!  My mom was here visiting for over a week—right before Thanksgiving!  She was able to come along with me to my service sites and she survived through hours and days such as these.  She really got a super-condensed version of my life here, especially in just the first two or three days of her visit.  We stayed very busy and enjoyed our time together doing just what we love: health food stores and a farmers’ market, exercising, the state park and all of nature (there are many more leaves on trees here than in Minnesota), baking gluten- and egg-free goodies, and lots of visiting and catching up.  I got to show off how well I know my way around the area, things I’ve discovered, and all I’ve grown to love, especially the community of Benedictine Sisters.  It was great to have my mom here! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Notes to update you

The 2 month mark!

Yesterday marked two months since my arrival in Ridgely.  Can you believe it?!?  I think the next seven months just flashed before my eyes. 

We survived the hurricane.  Sandy left many in devastation, but we here are so blessed.  The past couple days in school were crazy with limited staff available, but we made it and all of the students are safe and well.  There is some water damage, many trees down & debris, and a lot of water standing-- better outside than in.  As has been reported, millions lost power, but again, somehow we did not!  Thank you for your thoughts, concern, and prayers!!  We all will keep in mind & prayer those who are greatly in need. 

I am on my 28th scarf!  We are in a knitting frenzy as the holidays grow closer (yes, it's almost November!).  This past weekend was one of wonderful celebration.  Saturday was Sister Catherine's 50th Jubilee-- acknowledging 50 years in the monastic community.  It was beautiful and a blessing to be here for it.  Sunday a few of us were able to share with the family of Sister Patricia in celebrating a special birthday! 

I love the variety I have here in all of my ministries.  [A bit from my recent journaling...]  Each day is full of joy and smiles.  I find myself... On fire with the love of service with one another…  Some days are windy, some almost extinguish the flame, but it is the days—or hours—of tranquility during which the flame still burns. 

Love is underestimated.  Think about the word love that we so often use loosely, without consideration.  [Disclaimer: this all may sound copied, as no idea is a new one; however I’m processing and rambling for you.]  Love is the first breath we take in upon waking.  Something gets us out of bed; even if we think it’s fear of losing a job it might actually be love for the family we support or respect for our own dignity.  Love is laced in the trees as they nod to one another; it is the wonder of a child; it is in the eyes of the weary blessed again with a meal. 
Love requires another.  In my “service”—this is such a general term—I continually reconfirm that nothing is worthwhile alone.  Persons enrich my every day, helping me to be comfortable and thriving. 

More about my service sites (part 2)

The cash register project: Whether or not I have spoke of this project in my previous blog posts, the endeavor of the year thus far has been the process of new cash registers at the Barn.  For the past few (5-6?) weeks I have been programming, formatting, re-formatting, assigning & re-assigning PLUs, repeat each step, etc. new cash registers as well as familiarizing and training cashiers in order to install the new machines.  Though at times the project seemed never-ending, I have benefited from it.  I have learned from myself and gotten to know my co-workers and fellow volunteers more than I otherwise may have been able to.  I learned about the thrift shop and garage from an inverted approach in taking on this project.  The cash registers have been installed and we continue to train cashier volunteers and employees.  There is more to develop, but I now can begin to look forward to the next project.  

I really enjoy my Wednesday nights in addition to some Thursday and Friday mornings that I have been at the Barn for food distribution.  Though I cannot relate from personal experience to many persons receiving food, they are an incredible inspiration to me.  I have realized especially recently the ways in which stories and faces of humility have touched me.  We at the Barn are incredibly blessed that we have food to give to those in need here in Caroline County and the surrounding area.  

During food distribution, I interview clients one at a time.  We need to update each person’s file every time they come in to receive food.  Each client/family can receive food once per month.  We make small talk, check that nothing has changed since the previous month or visit, and record with signatures that the person receives food.  There are volunteers that put together a box and cart of food according to family size while the rest of us talk with clients.  For each there are dry and canned goods, as well as some assortment of frozen meat, breads and sweets, and we still have some fresh produce to give.  The thrift shop and garage with items to purchase with voucher or cash are open during these times.  

I hope that these descriptions are slowly giving you a better idea of my days here.  Feel free to write to me with any further questions or requests! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Photos at Benedictine

enjoying music class! 
In the ITC-- working on "bubbles"   

more "bubbles" in ITC

playing a drum in the music room

More on my service sites! (Part 1)

I've been thinking about how my initial description of my service sites does not do justice to any of them.  I have experienced and enjoyed so much at each place.  I have many wonderful stories to share of each day here.  I'll start with some daily happenings. 

My week starts in the school, so I'll begin there.  Benedictine School for Exceptional Children has a great website which I suggest you take a look at:  Their mission upholds the dignity of the human person I reflected on in my recent blog post.  I go to a classroom never knowing what to expect.  Each day is different; each day I learn something; each day there is at least one difficult situation or student but also many things that brighten my day.  Upon arriving in a classroom I may find each student in his/her desk quietly or I may find three of the four students lying on the floor while the fourth is loudly proclaiming some combination of vowel sounds from her chair.  The size of the classrooms varies from three to six students with anywhere from two to six staff (one teacher, with teacher's assistants). 

In a typical day I will work individually with a student at his/her workstation.  Depending on the student's abilities, he might do an activity such as matching shapes, completing a puzzle, or snapping lids onto small plastic containers.  Next we might go to music class.  The music time is adapted for the students.  The students respond well to this type of music therapy as they play hand instruments and/or sing along to children's sing-a-longs.  It is beautiful observing how the students open up in this environment when they otherwise do not.  We then may have snack time, leisure time, or a fitness walk in the gym.  Oftentimes I help out at lunch; after lunch there is transition time.  Following this may be more individual work time, Home Ec, and/or swim time. 

In Home Ec the students use electronic devices that take them step by step through putting together a snack.  The process is broken down to individual food items, spoon, bowl, taking a scoop of something, putting that in the bowl, etc.  The students are able to practice skills such as scooping, spreading with a knife, opening lids, and of course following directions.  Many of the kids love swim time.  Some of them even have a half hour of individual swim time; this is a great way to channel some of their energy. 

The students get almost one-on-one attention; most students also go to individual activities every day which helps the teachers to minimize the number of kids in a classroom at one time.  As well as individual swim time, students have OT, PT, counseling or therapy sessions, and also participate in life skills that earn them "money."  In the ITC (Industrial Training Center) simple skills are practiced by such things in putting together kits with various parts or screwing caps on test tube vials and boxing them.  As mentioned in my first blog post, the Benedictine Programs include the Adult Services Graphics Department: Print Shop that designs and prints paper products such as invitations, clothing embroidery area, and screen printing department --all for businesses, etc in the surrounding area; Busy Bees cleaning service, Baker Bees, Bees car wash, and Bee Blossoms who have their own greenhouse and flower business.  Though students assist in some of these programs, they are mostly for graduates in the adult day program. 

As this is from my perspective and experiences, I again encourage you to visit the school's website:

More on my experiences soon!  Know you each are in my thoughts with gratitude for your support!  

Monday, October 8, 2012


It has been a lovely October so far!!  I spent the weekend at the beach which was wonderful.  Quite a contrast from Minnesota, it was in the 80s and sunny Friday and Saturday.  Yesterday it was chilly (50s), windy, and rained off and on all day.  Fall is again in the air. 

For now I wanted to check in for those of you wondering my state of being.  I am working on a couple of posts to be published soon!  May the sunshine brighten your days this week. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person one of the nine Guiding Principles identified by Catholic Relief Services.  Throughout my service experience I will blog about most of these in some way.

The phrase All Shall be Received as Christ is one that characterizes Benedictines-- it is in the Rule of Benedict, the guidelines, per se, that outline Benedictine community life.  If you've ever experienced Benedictine hospitality, hopefully you can affirm that you were truly received as Christ. 

As I was journaling on this principle I reflected on the dignity of each person.  All are sacred, not some.  Dignity of any person, or thing or place, is not ours, and not ours to take away.  There is something about treating others as one would like to be treated (hey!--the Golden Rule, just as we were taught when we were young).  This came up one day as a "teachable moment" when I was volunteering at Benedictine.  No matter the level of functioning of the exceptional students, they are still youth who need to be reminded of the Golden Rule... as do all of us. 

When respect is given to others, it is in the spirit of respecting God-- offering respect to God and the Divine spirit in each person.  Similarly we respect ourselves.  It is not our choice to determine or be selective as to whom is good/bad, right/wrong, worthy or not of respect and love, and so on.  I can see where we need this reminder in daily life: to uphold the dignity of each and treat each as Christ in our thoughts and words and actions.  All human life is sacred. 

I had a wonderful conversation about life with someone I just met this week.  About her ex-husband she said something that really spoke to me, “Right now he’s doing the best he can.  I’m doing my best, and he’s doing his best too.”  This may not be an appropriate approach to every situation of conflict, but then again, it may.  It brings me right to the dignity of each person; dignity which we cannot judge.  

Whether I’m working with youth or youthful vintage, with friends or a new face, approaching each with reverence and respect is a goal I renew each day.  No matter how well we know someone, there is always a piece of her story hidden from view.  She is doing her best—can be encouraged to do so.  And I encourage each of us to do the same.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Opportunities in the Area

This week has flown by!  Here are a few great opportunities I've had in the past week...

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a talk given by Jenna Bush Hager.  She spoke on "How the Power of Compassion Changes Lives" as a guest of the Women & Girls Fund of the (Maryland) Mid-Shore.  This is a wonderful Fund which "uses the power of pooled resources to improve the lives of women and children on the Mid-Shore," encouraging women of all ages to be strong, healthy, and powerful, essentially improving communities as a whole.  Jenna spoke well and helped us to see how the opportunities she had as a First Daughter opened her eyes and heart, inspiring the works in which both she and her sister are involved. 

Thursday I had another busy day of transporting residents of the House.  I refreshed my memory of routes to nearby towns and can drive there without referring to directions.  I found a few shortcuts and back roads.  I ventured north to Chestertown.  And in Chestertown I drove around the campus of Washington College... yes, as in George Washington.  Admittedly, I got shivers as I saw the 1700-something date on the campus dedication sign.  This was the first U.S. college, I believe.  I drove down a couple narrow, broken streets to look at houses I am convinced are over 200 years old.  It is incredible to me as a Mid-Westerner to be in a place so rich in history.  I will be sure to update if I learn more. 

I also made it further south this weekend; I'm slowly expanding the area I've seen!  A friend's uncle's band played at the Legion in Cambridge on Friday night.  It was a fun time as I love any live music-- and this was good live music!  Don't worry St Joe Legion, this doesn't replace you.  Saturday I also saw more small towns I had not previously seen.  By the way-- the weather here has been beautiful!  I have enjoyed many refreshing walks, a few runs, and a couple bike rides. 

Speaking of exercise, I am also getting into Insanity-- workouts that are, in fact, nearly insane.  It has been nice to connect with some of the school staff through this, and overall to be growing comfortable with everyone at my service sites.  I had my first full days at the school last week and today.  It has been going really well; I have been able to work with a few of the students one-on-one and am learning how to effectively interact with and react to them. 

I'm going to leave you with this for now!  I am doing well and am very comfortable here.  I appreciate you reading this as I share my adventures! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Knitting scarves

Meanwhile in my action-packed days (now almost two weeks) here, I have been knitting scarves!  I decided to join in this new venture and am now a member of the (quickly-growing, I must say) unofficial Knitting Circle a.k.a. K-nitting Klub. One of the Sisters wanted to start a new craft and while making boa-like feathery scarves she came across these knitted "novelty scarves."  If you search in Google Images "starbella novelty scarves," many images with scarves in a multitude of colors will come up (Starbella is one of the brands of yarn).  Here are photos of one of the scarves that I made last week: 

One line of yarn (Red Heart Boutique Sashay, if you're interested) gives each of the yarn colors/color schemes a name of a dance.  I have knitted Conga, Salsa (the one shown in the photos--very fitting, isn't it?), Ballet, and am currently on Boogie; Hip Hop is one of the most popular color schemes.  Just an extra fun twist to making the scarves!  Christmas gifts... coming right up! ;)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My First Week

Well, folks, I have been here in Ridgely for a whole week!  It has been a full experience thus far, and I am very much looking forward to the weeks and months ahead.  For this first week, I want to capture for you some moments of each day...

With my gracious greeters Sisters Jo-El and Mary Joseph, I had my first glimpses of Maryland on the drive from Baltimore airport to rural Ridgely.  They drove me across the Chesapeake Bay by way of the 4-mile-long Bay Bridge; they assured I was fed as we shared meaningful conversation; and they brought me safe and comfortable to St Gertrude Monastery, just in time for evening praise!  Even with only one tenth the number of names to learn and remember here, I didn't quite accomplish that by the first day.  I have them all down now, though =) 

Thursday started out with a trip at 7am to Acme, a local grocery store.  Acme is willing to set aside their beyond-sell by date foods to donate to the monastery, Benedictine School, wherever we can respond to a need, INSTEAD of throwing all of these products in the dumpster!  You all should see the quantity--and quality--of this food... I cannot imagine that each day all of this was disposed of.  The remainder of the morning was spent unpacking and continuing to settle in.  In the afternoon I was orientated to the surrounding area & to the town of Ridgely!  Yes, Sisters Mary Catherine and Mary Jane, we DID make it to the drugstore and enjoy a dip of ice cream at the soda fountain! 

Friday I had orientation to each of my service sites!  After some orientation & training pieces at the Benedictine School, I had the opportunity to spend a couple hours observing in a classroom.  In those short hours I already felt my passion for this population re-ignited.  I left that afternoon looking forward to many more.  From the school I went to St Martin's Ministries (SMM) to have tours and begin orientation there.  I had a tour of St Martin's Barn (the thrift store; aka The Barn or SMB) and met many of the staff and volunteers there.  Wow, is that place big!  I was very impressed by the work that they are able to do with their space.  I also had a tour & introduction to St Martin's House (the transitional housing; aka the House or SMH) and was able to meet most of the current residents while there.  It was a full day!

I had the wonderful opportunity on Saturday to join three of the Ridgely Sisters in attending a celebration of Perpetual Monastic Profession.  Final vows were made to the Benedictine monastic community in Bristow, Virginia.  This was a beautiful ceremony and a pleasant day visiting with Benedictine Sisters of the Bristow, Baltimore, and St Marys, Pennsylvania communities! 

Sunday and Monday consisted of leisure time, visiting, connecting with some family & friends, and walks outside.  School was in session on Monday, so I spent the morning in the music therapy room.  I was able to see students from four different classrooms and was filled with joy at how these youth are able to connect with and express themselves through music.  It was beautiful; something in which I hope to be able to participate again.  In the evening we shared an indoor Labor Day picnic complete with red, white, and blue table settings. 

After a trip to the nearby town of Easton to complete some things for my volunteer file, I spent my Tuesday afternoon at Benedictine (school).  In addition to observing I was able to tutor and interact with the students.  Each has so much personality to share! 

Yesterday was my first full day at the Barn.  I spent a few hours "sorting" in the sorting room.  Many donations are made to the barn, and trash bags full of clothes need to be sorted through.  They are checked for condition, coded by season, and hung on hangers to be displayed in the thrift store.  I was glad to be able to do this, experiencing many steps of the entire process there!  I received training in the afternoon to prepare me for taking clients last night!  I just jumped (or was thrown?-- haha, no, my training was thorough) right in.  The long and short of the process of receiving clients is that each time, which is once per month, an individual or family comes to receive food, one's file must be updated and accounted for.  There are documents to check, inquiries to make, signatures to obtain, etc.  It was a fast-paced 90 minutes, and a successful one at that!  I will say that I am very tempted to learn the necessary Spanish by next Wednesday evening so that I don't need an interpreter for the clients who are Spanish-speaking. 

And now for today...  I have been working on this post for too many days, so each day I caught up on inevitably made this post more lengthy.  In the future I will not have so many firsts and new new new things to share, hopefully keeping my posts less exhausting!  I do want to tell you, to prove my point, that today was another day of firsts. =)  I spent the day with residents of St. Martin's House.  I was gifted with a few minutes of child care: I played with a couple infants while their mothers tended to business.  Mostly I drove a couple of the women to appointments & meetings, and to college classes.  This was relaxed time with the women in an informal setting.  This also was for me a comfort and accomplishment; I like to know my way around and transport myself places.  I got my bearings and, after driving to and fro multiple times, now know my way to and through a few of the surrounding towns.  Hooray!!  In the future will come more exploration, and also shorter blog posts...! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I am in Maryland!

Greetings from Ridgely, MD!  All went well with my flights & travels.  I am safely and comfortably at St. Gertrude's Monastery!!  

Look at the beautiful bouquet that welcomed me to my room..! 

Gratitude & Introduction

Hello, dear blog-followers!  
Upon completion of my two and a half weeks of orientation & retreat at St Benedict's Monastery, I come to realize and appreciate that these weeks more accurately were the beginning, the launch of my nine months of service. I must first share a bit about the start to this journey before I share about the service site itself.

My time at St Ben's in St Joseph, MN included refreshing days of reflection--a much slower pace of life than that to which I am accustomed.  Sisters Mary Catherine, Mary Jane, and Ann Marie put much time, energy, and care into planning what resulted in a very balanced experience.  I was treated to at least one presenter each morning and afternoon, with topics varying from culture shock and service to the Rule of Benedict & looking further into some of the Benedictine Values to an introduction to natural healing and even interpretation of my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator!  I am blessed to have shared a meal and conversation with a number of the living groups in the monastic community, and could not have hoped for more genuine hospitality from these groups and from the entire community--my St. Ben's family.  I was surrounded by love and humility as I joined the Sisters for prayers and meals, and was sent forth with a very moving blessing of support and prayer.  A wholehearted Thank You to each of you at St Ben's and St Scholastica's!

For the 2012-13 year I am the only volunteer of the Benedictine Women Service Corps (BWSC). I am honored to be representing St Benedict's Monastery in serving for nine months in Ridgely, Maryland! St Gertrude's Monastery is my host site for this time; I will be living in the guest wing of their monastery and serving through their many incredible ministries.  Even though I will further explain in posts & stories my areas of service in Ridgely, a brief overview for the time being...
The Benedictine School is a residential school for youth with disabilities.  There are many vocational "mini-businesses" in the school-- these are trades such as floral arrangement, clothing screen-printing, and embroidery in which graduates of the school can continue to work upon completion of the program.  Also related to completion of the Benedictine School program--up to the age of 21--is the opportunity to live in one of many group homes available to the graduates.  Soon I will be orientated further and be able to share more accurate background and information on all of these ministries!
St. Martin's Ministries are also on the Benedictine Lane campus.  St. Martin's House is a transitional living program for single women and their children who are without a place to live.  Women can stay in the program for up to two years and are taught life skills including, but not limited to, cooking, parenting, household duties, and making use of resources such as the internet to search for employment, education, etc in order to get back on their feet.  St. Martin's Barn IS a barn that has been renovated and added onto.  The Barn provides dry and frozen foods, clothing, & household items to eligible persons in Caroline County.

There is much more to say about all of these things, but much more is to come! 
Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and support!