Update #3 from Sister Dianne Sabol

I invited the Mayor to come to St. Benedict Community Center to see our Adapted Sports Program. He arrived early which gave me the opportunity to share the 20-year history of this ministry with him. I reminded him that the Benedictine Sisters have been living and ministering in this part of the city since 1856. I shared with him that the Benedictine values of Stewardship and Hospitality are the foundation of this ministry. Mayor Schember is very familiar with Benedictinism as his mother, Helen, taught at St. Benedict Academy for many years.

The Mayor then played wheelchair basketball for at least 45 minutes…my team showed him no mercy and a good time was had by all!

A couple of weeks later the Mayor shared his thoughts about his experience. “I was very impressed with the life experience you are providing to young adults with disabilities at St. Benedict Community Center. It was my honor to play wheelchair basketball with them. It was great to see their joy in competing. These are great life skills. Please accept my donation. I pray you attract the funds you need to do much more of this great work.”

It meant a lot to all of us that Mayor Schember took the time to come to St. Ben’s. There are good things happening. Stay tuned--more updates to come!