Danville community Sisters Mary Carol McClenon and Stella Mangona report on the energetic activities of the community since the onset of coronavirus lockdowns.
Four Good Shepherd Sisters from the Danville Community went on retreat in Carrollton, Ohio, after asking Sr. Francisca Aguillon, Province Leader of Central South, if they could make private retreats there. (Sisters are expected to make annual retreats.) Each Sister had a different theme for her personal retreat. They joined the Carrollton community for Mass and meals. The eight-day retreat took place in July. Those on retreat were Sisters Mary Carol McClenon, Stella Mangona, Carmen Flores, and Sr. Maria Do Rosario Oliveira from Good Shepherd in Portugal.
Cats and games
The game was afoot on August 19, Feast of Saint John Eudes, with a party and sheep races at Danville. The Good Shepherd Sisters sponsored a party for the entire Maria Hall community. Games, activities, and sheep races filled the hours. Before the game began, the spectators were allowed to bet on one of the sheep. I made them write down their bets so they wouldn’t cheat … I know these Sisters all too well! Eventually, one of the sheep wins the race. It was hilarious to see how deeply involved we all got with cheering for the sheep we bet on,” said Sr. Mary Carol.
We have a cat Cordiae in the Danville Community. She in the barn as a model of our Care for Creation. The barn is in a beautiful setting with a creek and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The area is surrounded by evergreens, apple and peach trees, tomato plants, grapevines, and flowering plants. We are living the experience of Divine abundance. Sister Stella Mangona and I spend a lot of time with Cordiae and the other barn cats, which Sr. Irene Marie, SSCM, manages. I spend probably about seven hours a week just visiting the cats. It’s one of my “therapies” during the coronavirus pandemic.
And more in the Danville Community
We dance, go for contemplative walks, stay involved with our parish and connect with homebound parishioners. The Danville Community holds fundraisers for Catholic Charities to help the homeless and victims of calamities. We also make pilgrimages to local shrines, and do many other things to stay active.
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