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A Memorial Close to Mary’s Heart

On January 20, we went for our weekly visit to Hillsborough Hospital where we teach mentally challenged young people. The five students and two staff members gathered with us in the Chapel. Our hearts were heavy because Sister Mary Cummiskey was missing. They expressed their sympathy with generous hugs. Nobody wanted to do school work that day, we had to remember Mary. Everyone took part in a Memorial Service. We sang hymns, had Scripture readings and special prayers including the “Prayer of St. Francis” which describes her well. A very touching ritual took place. As each one placed a marguerite in a flower vase and lit a candle, he/she spoke of Mary: “I love Sister Mary… I miss Sister Mary… She had such a lovely smile!… She was so kind!” Andrew, her special student, gasped when he heard the news of her death, “My Mary?” He came to the wake with a rose which he placed on her casket. The love which she gave them was returned abundantly! 

Sister Therese Martin, CND, Recipient of Archbishop Edwin V. O'Hara Advocacy Award

Sister Therese “Terry” Martin, CND, is the recipient of the Catholic Rural Life’s 2014 Archbishop O’Hara Advocacy Award for Rural Ministry. This year marks Sr. Terry’s 65th year of consecrated religious life. She is currently the Far Western North Carolina Outreach Worker for the Diocese of Charlotte. 

Check out this YouTube video of Sr. Terry accepting her award

Congratulations, Sr. Terry!

UN 2015 International Year of Soils

Human pressure on the resource has left a third of all soils on which food production depends degraded worldwide. A recent report states that about 65 percent of Africa's arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production. Rattan Lal states, "Political stability, environmental quality, hunger, and poverty all have the same root. In the long run, the solution to each is restoring the most basic of all resources, the soil." See for more information. It has many short visuals and facts that capture the importance of healthy soils for healthy lives. 

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