2016 Gaudium et Spes Event
The Missions Spend a Wild Day at the Zoo
September 24 was an exciting day for Edmundite Missions. Our Missions Director Chad McEachern and members of our Board of Directors met with over 70 of our organization's key stakeholders to share vital news about the current state of the Missions and our future plans with those who make the work possible.
The best part was that the meeting took place at The Bronx Zoo in New York City! It was a beautiful day and many of our partners-in-ministry took their children and grandchildren on tours after the event. Throughout the day, we could hear the excited squeals of the seals as they received their “daily bread.”
When we got down to business, Selma City Councilman Michael Johnson spoke eloquently about the impact the Missions has had on his constituents and presented Chad with an award on their behalf.
When speaking about the Edmundite Missions role in reopening the swimming pool in 2015 for the poor residents of his ward, Councilman Johnson choked back tears. “I can’t thank you all enough,” he said. After a long pause, “Not only did the Edmundite Missions help me, but the kids got the opportunity to swim.”
Chad gratefully accepted the award on behalf of all of our partners-in-ministry, including you, and reminded the crowd that you, “allow us to do everything that we do.”
Next, Chad spoke and outlined many of the Missions’ plans for the future. He reminded everyone that while the current state of affairs for so many in poverty is bleak, he sees “a future filled with new possibilities and a brighter tomorrow filled with hope.”
As part of the day’s activities, Father Brian Cummings, S.S.E., Chairman of the Edmundite Missions Board of Directors, presented the Gaudium et Spes Award to Mary Good for her service to the Missions in the 1960s.
Finally, Chad made a very special presentation of The Luvenes Spem Award to Miss Angelina Garcia. The Luvenes Spem Award acknowledges young people who are taking on the mantle of philanthropy and showing care and compassion for those in need.
“For Lent, Angelina decided to collect money to send to the Missions to benefit people in poverty and to give it to those who have so little,” said Chad. “Along with that, she gave away her favorite toy, as a way of truly understanding the power of sacrifice.”