Infirmary residents put on Art Show with the help of two VMA Students

Volunteering at the monastery is not new to Villa Maria Academy (VMA), soon-to-be seniors, Lauren Belmonte and Rachel Bowen. For four summers they have come to Mount St. Benedict Monastery Infirmary to complete their service hours. Mary Rita Groucutt, co-director of Health Services wanted the girls to interact with the sisters and an idea was born: art projects and crafts. Thanks to the creativity of Sister Helen Heher, Director of Wellness Services, the girls were able to engage the sisters in a variety of projects with supplies that Sister Helen provided. “We really enjoyed trying new and creative crafts,” said Lauren and Rachel. “And getting to know the kind-hearted sisters was special. We have learned many things that we’ll carry through life. We will cherish the four summers we spent here.”

Being that this is their last summer of service at the Mount, Lauren and Rachel decided to bring their work to completion with an Art Show featuring the work of the sisters who are residents in the infirmary. They put their heads together and came up with a plan and carried it off without a hitch, even providing the refreshments which they made themselves. “It was a wonderful event,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, one of the guests who attended. “The girls did a wonderful job and we are most grateful.”