Unifying Love at Casserly House

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Francia with Donna Stiglmeier

Mary Beth O’Sullivan, Ignatian Volunteer

Francia & Donna working on the banner!

Marie Michelle adding her touch to the banner

What loving actions are done with our hands? Hands are extended to offer warm greetings and a supportive pat on the back. Hands offer celebratory high fives. Hands are held to signal support and solidarity.  

The adult learners, staff, and volunteer instructors at Casserly House used their hands to create a banner to celebrate the 150th year anniversary of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Boston. Donna Stiglmeier, Director, provided a brief history of the Sisters and Casserly House. Cris Nelson, an ESOL instructor, and artist, explained to the students the process to create this banner. Renee DeKona, an ESOL instructor and photographer, offered visual support for language using text, pictures, and demonstration. Some adult learners enjoyed this activity so much that they made extra handprints to bring home. A beautiful banner was created with colorful hands that represent each person’s gift of love.

Together, this love expands, so that the presence of Casserly House continues to radiate unifying love outward to the wider community.