Knights of Malta and Benedictine College students team up for a day of service.
Since January of this year, the Knights and Dames of Malta have teamed up with the Little Sisters of the Poor to share our Hospitaller Mission. They have been an interactive blessing with Sisters and elderly Residents at the Jeanne Jugan Center.
A phone call from Jim Lynch, Regional Knight of Greater Kansas City, to Fr. Brendan Rolling, OSB, Campus Minister at Benedictine College, ignited the flame of service into 14 students ready to roll up their sleeves and assist with “Project: God’s Garden” at the Jeanne Jugan Center.
Six Knights and Dames of Malta had already arrived when two vans of students rolled into our driveway. For the next three hours it was non-stop dedicated weeding, raking, trimming, planting, hauling and respectful working around mama duck comfortably nesting on her precious eggs.
As Jan Knopke, DM, reflected so accurately: “The morning was like the story of the loaves and fishes. We thought we would have four Knights and Dames to work around the Shrine of Jeanne Jugan and low and behold an army of loving laborers tackled much more than we ever thought to accomplish and the campus has a fresh clean look.”
There is still much to be done in the days ahead and we know that soon many more “laborers of love” will join our first garden team. Jeanne Jugan gardens are an oasis of peace where all can enjoy relaxation, prayer, reflection, fishing and winged wild life enjoyment.
Our heartfelt gratitude to all our friends for their wonderful gift of their time and talents.