The Bishop Ahr High School Community presented a check in the amount of $500 to Felician Sisters Marilyn Marie Minter ’74 and Mary Inga Borko on Tuesday, February 26, for their work with the poverty-stricken residents of a village in Haiti.
The sisters visited Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, NJ, to thank the students and faculty for their financial and spiritual support. Sister Marilyn and Sister Inga work among the people of Jacmel, a Haitian town devastated by the 2010 earthquake.
The money collected will be used to educate disadvantaged children in Haiti. Sister Marilyn said young people need money to pay for school, since it is not a free service provided by the government. “They also need money for decent shoes, clothes and supplies so they’re equipped to attend school,” she said
The sisters wanted to visit Bishop Ahr to thank community members and give them a first-hand account of their work in Haiti. “Everyone is so involved and supportive of our mission,” Sister Marilyn said.
S Cynthia Marie Babyak, Bishop Ahr’s campus minister, said “One dime, like one loaf or one fish, may not feed a lot of people, but when a community comes together, dimes can multiply and then we can make a difference for some.”
The Bishop Ahr Community continues their “Dime a Day” project throughout the season of Lent and will donate the rest of what is collected to the Felician Sisters Haiti Mission.
Thirty-eight Bishop Ahr High School students, along with campus minister S Cynthia Marie Babyak, Deacon Rich and Mrs. Lynne Braine, bagged lunches for the Christian Social Action Club’s “CHANGE” the World Project on Tuesday, February 26.
According to Sister Cynthia, those who participated really felt like they helped in their own small way to “change” the life of the poor.
Although the words seem so easy, in reality, Sister Marilyn remarked, they are quite difficult. Sister reflected that the Gospel reminds her “to pray, to sit in quiet and listen to Jesus speak. When I think of sitting in the sun, our skin shows the results–a tan or a burn. We soak in the warmth and rays of the sun and our face is transformed. In prayer, we bask in the presence of God, and our face, our life, is transformed as well. We take time to pray, maybe not on a mountain, but maybe in a church, in a chapel, in our room, in a place that is close to God’s creation.”