In his homily at the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia last September, Pope Francis recounted the story of Katharine Drexel's meeting with Pope Leo XIII in 1887. You might recall the story: When Katharine Drexel described the needs of African Americans and Native Americans to the Holy Father, suggesting that missionaries be sent to the West and Southwest United States, his answer was, "What about you? What are you going to do? Why not become a missionary yourself?" Katharine Drexel went on to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who exist to this day to serve Black and Native Americans.
During the past week, this blog has been recounting stories of the volunteers at the Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women. As we continue to grow and our mission takes hold, we are in greater need of volunteer help. If you have the time to offer even one or two hours each week to teach English, babysit children, teach crocheting or basic sewing, or to offer another service, consider this your invitation to contact us.
"What about you?"
The growth of this ministry depends on so many more taking this question to heart and contacting us to help. If you (or someone you know) would like to help, please contact the Center at (973) 470-0844 or email Sister Ann Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To our current volunteers, we say, "Thank you."
To our future, as yet unknown volunteers, we ask, "What about you?"