Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Welcoming the stranger...at Villa Maria

Group photo outside the sheep barn
Together with VMESC, the HMs welcomed refugee moms and their children to Villa Maria for a weekend of rest and fun. Each family was resettled in Cleveland through MRS (Migration and Refugee Services-Cleveland Catholic Charities). With the help of MRS staff and volunteers and a number of HM sisters, the families were able to take time away from the stress of beginning life in a new country. Everyone enjoyed trips out to the farm, games in the gym with Srs Jeanne and Janet, and swimming! Sr Paulette also did an art group with the moms. It was a great joy to welcome and share the Villa with the moms and kids.

On Saturday, one of the children performed a traditional Bhutanese dance for the sisters and other people on retreat. Enjoy!

Sharing the experience, the group gathered in a circle for the "hokey pokey." Bringing cultures and generations....that's what it's all about!

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