Novices Experience ‘A Day on the Farm’
S Maria Louise and S Desire Anne-Marie
The novices traveled to Red Hill Farm in Aston, PA, where they joined the novices of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
According to SM Jeanine Morozowich, novice director, their experience was multifaceted. She said the sisters enjoyed living, working, praying and sharing with other novices as well as working side-by-side with people hired by the sisters to care for the farm. While the farm is owned by the sisters, people in the area can buy a share in the farm and receive fresh produce weekly during the growing season.
The first evening, the sisters viewed a DVD entitled, “Fridays on the Farm” which explained why the sisters started this venture. Each subsequent evening, all shared their experiences of the day on the farm.
In addition to “getting close to the earth,” the novices enjoyed a luncheon at a Mexican restaurant in South Philadelphia owned by an immigrant family. Sister Maria, who ministers with the immigrants, joined the sisters for lunch and shared stories of her ministry.
A visit to the Philadelphia Art Museum to view Tanner’s Annunciation was one of the highlights of the days spent in Philadelphia. Sister Jeanine said the sisters returned home tired from transplanting, pulling weeds and other tasks on the farm, yet feeling very blessed at having experienced fraternitas in many and varied ways.