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Saint Mary’s Messenger Vol. 110, No. 1 Greenwich, New York Feast of the Purification 2009 The Call to Live in Joyful Simplicity by Sister Catherine Clare Our country is in an economic crisis every bit as severe as the Great Depression of the 1930s. The bottom has fallen out of the stock market; banks are failing, industry slowdowns have many out of work; some have seen educational or retirement funds diminish or disappear. Nearly everyone is talking about having to “keep it simple,” and it is with worried faces that people fill their shopping carts and “pay with plastic.” In this climate of fear, the specter of not having enough grows ever more substantial. Sometimes it is a matter of perspective, with one person’s poverty being another person’s plenty. Is there an answer to the dilemma? I believe God is calling us all to the spiritual discipline of simplicity. As Religious vowed to Evangelical counsels which include a vow of Poverty, the Sisters of St. Mary approach the uncertainties and the soul-sifting challenge of economic poverty, less as a Franciscan commitment to the absence of things, than as just one part of a Benedictine struggle to maintain balance between stability and inherent change. We understand Holy Poverty not as a call to hunger and privation, but to simplicity and to holding all things in common, both in plenty and in want. A balanced life of simplicity continuously calls us to private and corporate sacrifice — in American culture, a pretty radical idea. But there are a multitude of ways to offer a very ordinary practice of simplicity: to make conscious and deliberate choices about how we use our income, our time, our gifts and skills in a way that is prayerful, joyful, and thankful. This involves a shift in perspective and attitude. What is simplicity after all? Simplicity is a way of life that is unencumbered by the burden of “too much” or “too many”. It is a life that stands before God open, receptive, and with an attitude of gratitude. Simplicity is detachment from possessiveness so that, whatever we receive from the bounty of God’s hand (great or small), we are able to share bountifully. It is impossible to receive if we are grasping and building a protective barrier of “mine.” The Community of St. Mary began with only five Sisters, but those five women, having charge of five works of ministry, never compromised their None of us at life profession had any dedication to simplicity and the self-sacrifice to God embodied in vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Very early in the life of the community, Mother inkling that we would be asked to... move to... a new geography of space Harriet recognized that, given their dedication to sacrifice, it was crucial to locate that calls us yet again into a new a place where the Sisters could find rest and refreshment in the midst of their geography of soul and spirit. rigorous commitment and devotion. She began in the mid-1870’s to search for a farm or land in a rural area for place of respite. Both the original site at Peekskill and later a small farm nearby called Marycroft provided this “place apart” — both as a retreat from the pressures of the Sisters’ urban ministry and as a quiet foundation where the life of prayer could be fostered in the vocations of the young and mastered by the most senior Sisters. We, religious and secular alike, do not always have a clear picture of God’s intention for us. This is the journey of faith. When God called Israel out of Egypt it was to “a good land” — to a land flowing in milk and honey and away from the decadence and excess of paganism. Yet there were times when the leeks and onions, which had been part of a familiar security bound up in abandoned enslavement, seemed attractive next to the uncertainties of the unknown manna of freedom. Mother Miriam wrote in her Christmas message at the end of last year: God’s reasons behind the major change of our location are becoming clearer to us. We needed humbling and teaching in the ways of the Lord’s service, and that includes relearning many of the values of agrarian America during our founding years of the 1860s and 70s. They are not so different from the Biblical wisdom in both Testaments — love of the land, reaping where we sow, interdependence and need for each other in community, different gifts completing community and adding space for community growth, the joy of physical labor bringing renewed health, but sometimes also pain, and failure that brings us back to dependence on God. … We are praying to hear the lessons of current circumstances. To enter religious community each of us left money tending to my clothing. A recent clothing much behind: good jobs, family, friends, pets and catalogue dedicated an entire section for those persons who beloved books, music and the things we thought defined “can have everything they want.” When so many in our who we were in the world. We answered a call to follow world do not have what they need to survive, this strikes a Christ in a radical new way. None of us at life profession wrong chord. Just because we can does not mean we had any inkling that we would be asked to dismantle, sell, should exercise the freedom to possess so very much. and give away the accumulation of more than 100 years And what about the whole business of money? of community life and move to a new convent; a new Everyone is dealing with that gut-level fear that there may geography of space that calls us yet again into a new not be enough to live on. Making ends meet is a matter of geography of soul and spirit. necessity: we Sisters are impacted by the reality of The Sisters have been challenged, as are our economic depression just like everyone else. But there is friends in the world, to find our balance when resources, still plenty of room for slowing down and making some human and financial, shift uneasily. How do we “sing the clear choices, even for religious called to a life of Lord’s song” in this place and within this call to ever simplicity. more challenging simplicity? First, of course, we pray Try planning a garden for springtime: for a small for God’s protection and guidance. God’s tugs and investment of seeds and plants a significant dent might be suggestions may be small at first, each new insight made in your food budget. Time spent outdoors using your allowing us to practice a little simplicity in preparation body to dig, plant, weed, and harvest can strengthen body, for something bigger. We need to slow down so that we soul and spirit. Thomas Merton wrote of how the can hear God’s voice. American life moves too fast to be counterpoint of work, prayer and study can bring us closer lived deliberately, to make the choices that take us closer to God. Working at tasks like weeding frees the spirit and to the detachment which brings real freedom. We need to enriches the life of prayer. I think each of us is morally resist the tyranny of time — the incessant multi-tasking responsible for finding ways to use less of the world’s non- that leaves many tasks poorly done and dulls the heart to renewable resources, to simplify our life styles, to share reflective listening. our resources, to live closer to the land God has given us to We also need to resist the tyranny of using stuff sustain us. to define our uniqueness. The Sisters of St. Mary in The soil on our hill was barren when we moved in, Greenwich wear a traditional habit. Whether I work in no more than sandy clay, and not an earthworm in sight. the garden or feed the chickens, or pray in chapel, I do By composting and using decaying barn and chicken coop not spend much time and energy deciding what to wear, bedding, we have begun to restore the soil and our gardens nor do I have to spend inordinate amounts of time and are becoming more prolific. Now a (Continued on page 7.) Prayer without Ceasing by Phyllis Schneider candle, placing an icon or picture of Jesus on a little “altar” we have created. For some, early morning before Prayer is the search for God, encounter with God, and the kids are up may be the best time. For others, late going beyond this encounter in communion.” evening is ideal for prayer. Our children are asleep, —Metropolitan Anthony Bloom we’ve put our work aside, and we feel more relaxed. There is an elderly Episcopal nun who prays almost These scheduled prayer times allow us to be in continuously throughout the day. People send her communion with God. And we can array our prayers — hundreds of requests for prayers — for healing of loved for family and friends, for Christ’s Church, for the world ones, for the resolution of difficult situations — and she — throughout the day, saying a quick prayer on our way offers up each person or situation to God. She doesn’t ask home from work, while in a line at the grocery store, God for anything specific. She doesn’t ask that a certain when we’re walking the dog. Not only intercessory person be healed or that another find a much-needed job prayers, but also prayers of thanksgiving — for an or that someone else receive guidance and courage. She unexpected hug from a child or the gift of beautiful choir simply bows her head and says that person’s name and and organ music on Sunday mornings, or, on days when entrust him or her to God’s care. This nun’s Sisters and we find it hard to be grateful for much of anything, for a friends feel that she is in continual communion with God really good cup of coffee in the morning! and that her life is, in itself, a prayer. Before we know it, prayer has become an Few of us find ourselves in an environment — a ongoing part of our daily lives and we are increasingly in convent or monastery — that allows us to pray so communion with one another and with God. frequently. But it is possible to pray throughout the day, Associate Phyllis Schneider is a freelance writer living in sometimes without even knowing it. We can Crestwood, NY. This short meditation was written with Sister consciously set aside a period of time each day for Anastasia as its model for a spiritual life booklet published by prayer, finding a quiet place in our homes, lighting a Christ Church, Bronxville, NY. Community News confirmed at the Church of St. Mary her most noted gift of loving children the Virgin on West 47th St. by Bishop into adulthood during those years and News from Greenwich, NY Robert Campbell, OHC, in 1937. The continued the giving at St. Mary’s-in- rector of St. Mary’s was a Cowley the-Field, Valhalla, from 1950 to 1973. Sr. Anastasia, CSM: Requiescat in Pace Father, Granville Williams, SSJE. He School alumnae and godchildren from Sister Anastasia Toole, CSM, died at recognized signs of a religious Valhalla visited and kept in touch for St. Mary’s Convent, Greenwich, New vocation in Elizabeth and encouraged over fifty years. She became an York, shortly after midnight on her to visit the Community of St. important anchor of love between them December 8, 2008. Mary in Peekskill. A little over a year and God. after her confirmation, the 24-year-old A Solemn Requiem and burial It was during her Valhalla years Elizabeth entered the novitiate under will be celebrated April 21, 2009, at 2 that Sister Anastasia became active in the tutelage of Sister Mary Maude, p.m. at St. Mary’s Convent in charismatic renewal. She said that at one of the finest minds and most Greenwich, NY, with Bishop William the time she was looking for any respected religious in the history of Love, Albany Diocesan and the connection that would help her make the Community. Community's Visitor, as the principal contact with the young girls who often celebrant. came out of a Pentecostal / Bible church Born in Madison, WI, on Oct. 17, culture. Even in 1914, Elizabeth her nineties she Lane Toole was whispered that the second of four nothing gave her children born to more pleasure Dr. Eben Henry than “praying in Toole and the Spirit” before Katherine Turvill the Blessed Toole. She was Sacrament, and the only daughter she rejoiced in of Dr. Toole, who the restoration of served as a Holy Hour at the research botanist Greenwich for the US Dept. convent. Sister of Agriculture for Sister Anastasia, CSM 1960s Anastasia most of his career. 1914 — 2008 participated in 1990s 67 years in Profession Elizabeth’s Cursillo #1 in the family became Greenwich 2009, Diocese of New seriously ill during a Shortly before death York. flu epidemic in Mother Maryland during 1920. Mary Basil Her mother died, appointed Sister leaving her husband Anastasia Assistant with four young Superior to succeed children to raise. Her Sister Mary Helen in St. Mary’s-in-the-Field, 1950s aunt Helen came east 1973. Her gift for to care for them, and organizing details and maintaining soon thereafter Dr. Toole married her. The Rev. S. C. Hughson, OHC, voluminous correspondence with the Sister Anastasia remembered their received the profession vows of same loving zeal of her ministry at honeymoon in Ocean City, MD, with Sister Anastasia and Sister Mary Valhalla made her an invaluable great fondness as she was about eight Basil on St. Mark’s Day, April 25, Assistant Superior. She took on most years old and the whole family went. 1941. Given Sr. Anastasia’s of the Associates’ correspondence and education, it was logical that she Elizabeth graduated from the the scheduling and organizing of teach Biology and general science at retreats at St. Benedict’s House, in University of Maryland with a BS in St. Mary’s School in her early years Botany, and then matriculated at addition to maintaining the convent as a Sister. During the war she also Columbia University to get a MS in kitchen and filling in for the Mother as took care of the Sacristy and did needed. Botany. It was during her days at sewing at the Motherhouse as well as Columbia that she became acquainted managing the kitchen at both the From 1977 until 1983 Sister with the Episcopal Church and was Convent and the School. She began Anastasia served as (Cont’d on page 6.) Lessons in the Simple Life: convent and schools were located. Marycroft Farm from 1918 and 1938 was less an expression of idyllic Marycroft Farm 1918-1943 country life as an answer to real needs of the community in that period. Sister Mary Basil’s later deployment back By 1918 the Community of St. Mary was over 50 years to Manhattan during World War II, returning to the coal old and had been established at Peekskill for 43 of those soot and grime of city life and bearing responsibility for years. Two schools — St. Mary’s School for girls and medically compromised children and staff at St. Mary’s the Junior School — were open, the Sisters were settled Hospital on 54th Street under the limitations of war into the 1903 Convent with branch houses in the New rationing, reinforced the romantic memories of simple York City area, the Chicago area, Sewanee, Tennessee, country bounty. But that bounty had its origin in need and the Philippines. It was a time of growth and and its own reality set by limitations and cost. consolidation with no shortage of young women The reduced purchase price of $15,000 to knocking on the door asking to fulfill their vocation to purchase Marycroft compared to the original asking God within the Sisterhood. Having weathered the price of $45,000 reflected the condition of the departure of the first Mother General, Mother Edith, with dilapidated buildings and long neglect of the land. In several other young Sisters to the Roman Catholic August 1919 expression of the Faith, Mother Mary Theodora and the Mother Mary Sisters were looking for a way to minister to the needs of Theodora wrote the American Church and society at the end of World to inquire from War I in a time when money was tight universally and one of the extremely so for the growing young Community with older farmers many active works of mercy. in the area “Getting back to the land” seems to have been the conclusion of that generation as we dig back into the Archives of the Community and sift the reminiscences of our late Sisters. The memories of Sister Mary Basil and Sister Anastasia’s generation began with the end of the story of Marycroft, the old Rush farm bought by Mother Mary Theodora on the Community’s behalf in 1918. Their recollections were full of bucolic three-mile walks in the spring for a Sunday afternoon picnic at the farm. An old log- cabin was converted into a chapel and dedicated in the summer of 1921 by the Chaplain General of the day, the beloved Frank Vernon of St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia. The farmhouse made a The Chapel at Marycroft Farm Spartan retreat for Sisters who needed a quiet place for rest time when there was no family to visit. about the farm. Calvin Bleecker Purdy of 147 Smith Street, Peekskill, wrote the following: Sister Mary Basil often told the story of being treated by her friends to “one last ice cream” before In reply to your letter of August 7th as to the entering the novitiate in 1938 only to discover that the Rush Farm, I regret to say that I know very little Sisters ate ice cream every Sunday, churned from the about it, except it was given to Lewis Lee by his end of the week’s farm-fresh milk using a belt attached father as a wedding present; he married a girl by the to equipment in the Laundry. (Ice cream at Sunday name of Hyatt — I never heard how the land came to dinner is a tradition to this day!) The kitchen in the father; but I don’t think it was a grant, as the Lee Peekskill had a large “cold room” where home canned family came from Yorktown. goods could be kept chilled through the winter. Having The old original house was a one story and attic survived on graham crackers and peanut butter as a building, which was torn away years after Lewis Lee young clerical worker in New York City, Sister Mary built the present house, and the present house was Basil never lost idyllic memories of country bounty as a built along side of the old one. The old house must novice during the Depression, removed as these have stood there over a hundred years, and the farm recollections were from the real challenges to provide as it is today looks nothing as it did when Mr. Lee milk, meat and produce for the large household of Sisters was alive. He was a good farmer and likewise a good and another hundred-plus assembly of school children neighbor. To show how different things are now — and staff all living on Mount St. Gabriel where the the creek meadow he used to cut five or six stacks of hay off, which he would stack on the field west of the By 1939 and President Roosevelt’s New Deal, house, and it was indeed a show. Now I hardly think it the country was pulling out of the Great Depression. would produce one. The Peekskill area was growing in population and in Eighteen hundred dollars ($17,949 in 2009 money motorized vehicles. The roads around the farm were based on the price of goods within the 1923 gross domestic expanded by the town and acres were condemned to product) was spent to repair the cow barn. By the summer widen Oregon Road and Adam Rush Road. This of 1924, the farm was suffering from lack of potable water reduced the amount of land available for hay and corn to and the only solution was to connect to the Cortlandt Water support the dairy herd, pigs and chickens. With the District in order to pipe in water for consumption and beginning of World War II, with its rationing and the draft, labor for the farm also became an unsustainable problem. Sixteen war units were required to exempt a farm worker from 1-A draft status. The farm production census in 1940 calculated out to 27 war units. This meant the Sisters could only retain 1.6 workers to care for 12 dairy cows, 21 feeder cattle, 11 sows, 500 chickens, 100 ducks, 22 acres of hay, 16 acres of grains and 17 acres of corn. The period from 1918 to 1940 represented very hard times, and Mother Mary Theodora had borne the weight of it. Marycroft was one of the least of the challenges facing the Sisters during the subsequent years of World War II. Keeping both St. Mary’s Hospital for Children and St. Mary’s School solvent, as well as praying for their three Sisters Two Sisters visiting Marycroft, in a photo dated 1932. Haying at Marycroft interned by the Japanese in the Philippines, seemed far weightier The Simple Life matters than maintaining the farm. The daily round of tilling soil and feeding animals had their place, but there were no Sisters who could break through the tyranny of lack of resources, and so the new Superior, Mother Mary Bede, sold the property to support other endeavors. The records are sketchy at best here: there is one small memo giving Carl sanitation. The Sisters Seeboldt permission to take a weekend off to move his were responsible for family from Marycroft to Mount Saint Gabriel, then a real paying their share of the principal and interest of the bond estate ad touting the many virtues of Marycroft for the levy that paid for the expansion to the farm. This was a exact same price quoted to Mother Mary Theodora in heavy burden for the Sisters, ordinarily tax exempt, as is 1918. In all the years that the Community had owned this shown by numerous tax receipts with penalties for farm, they had only paid interest on the note; in all payments often four to six months late. likelihood they had bought Marycroft several times over There are not enough records to piece together the in interest payments. whole story, but a few Examination of Milk reports Finding the closing papers would take more required by the County Department of Health show that research to see what the actual proceeds were. In a way over the years the advances in sanitation engineering and it does not matter. What Mother Mary Theodora requirements for public safety — for the use of milk to believed and invested in — a working farm capable of feed school children in particular — impacted the way the supporting a extended community of up to 200 persons Sisters could use the products from their farm. Hygiene in at the convent and schools on Mount St. Gabriel in a dairy barn is crucial for safe milk products, but stark Peekskill — she found ways to keep. The next Superior Depression economics and a shoestring budget created did not have the same vision. A new generation of difficulties with county inspections in 1938. Mother Mary Sisters, remembering the farm only as a bucolic place Theodora responded promptly and respectfully to the for rest and retreat, saw Marycroft as expendable. county Department of Health. Within less than six months Branch houses in the New York area took its place for an unacceptable level of cleanliness was corrected. Sisters to go on rest, and progress in (Continued on page 7.) (“Community News” cont’d from page 3.) the care of medically compromised Novice Mistress when Sr. Mary Hugh children. Rounds were made of the retired from the House of Redeemer to facility afterwards to pray with staff become the new Assistant Superior. and children who had been unable to Several of the present Life Professed attend the noonday service. Sisters were trained by Sister News from Luwinga, Malawi Anastasia. We knew the loving empathy that endeared many a St. It is the rainy season in Malawi — Mary’s School and Valhalla girl to her, their early summer. The Sisters wrote, but we also saw the disciplined life of “We have got a very good crop this prayer and faithfulness governed by the year, and we are proud of it since we Community’s Rule of Life. This made did most of the farm work by her a “prayer ourselves.” Their intention is to warrior” in the support both their own household and front ranks. She Healing the orphan feeding program was famous for Mission at Trinity Church in that little black to St. Mary’s Luwinga from their garden memo book filled Hospital and livestock. They had a with lists of for Children lovely time with the children names and scraps at Christmas writing us, “We of paper with had exclaimed, had a Christmas party with intercession requests. As age and “ Oh, I want my death them and they were very infirmity limited her physical activity, to be just like that!” happy. The number [of she spent hours with that book, poring But that Sunday night children] is growing. Instead over the names that represented so she recited her final of 100 now we have about many precious children in God’s sight. Office faithfully in 150. Everyone is enjoying private, and though her this programme.” On the last morning of her life, Sisters were caught off The Novitiate took a break Sister Anastasia asked to make her guard by the crisis around midnight, from classes over Christmas, the confession before receiving Sunday Sister was not. As the Infirmarian novices going home to visit their Communion. In the afternoon she was ran for the Mother and a Postulant families in January. Canon Fanuel surprised and delighted by a visit by quietly sat by her side, Sister Magangani, the Sisters’ Chaplain, is one of her “daughters” from Valhalla Anastasia peacefully crossed over teaching Theology and African days who had driven up from New to meet the Bridegroom she had Traditional Religion and Fr. Jutta is Jersey. At supper one of the Sisters served so faithfully in joyful teaching the novices and Junior Sisters described a beautiful Christmas stollen anticipation for so many years. Church History. she had just baked for her, but Sr. Anastasia smiled, and then shook her Healing Mission to St. Mary’s head. When Sister Mary Helen had Hospital for Children died, surrounded by her Sisters chanting Priest Associate Fr. Nigel the Compline Office, Sister Anastasia Mumford and Sister Mary Elizabeth visited St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside on November 19 to conduct a Healing Mission to the staff, children and families served by the Healthcare System serving New CSM Associate Canon Mathew Baker the Greater New York area which bears both the Associate News Sisterhood’s name and Lay Canon Mathew Baker, Director of continuing support and love. Christ the King Spiritual Life Center in Photo courtesy of Dirk Juttner of Warwick, England The emphasis of this mission Greenwich, NY, was received as an Sr. Martha with Tanzanian Sisters of St. Mary of Associate by Bishop William Love on Nazareth and Calvary — an Order founded by the was to “Heal the Healers” with English Sisters of the Sacred Passion in the 1940s. anointing for healing and re- December 6 at a special Office of Two CSM Sisters had traveled to Njombe, Tanzania, in commissioning of staff and None that followed a festive dinner for October to celebrate first professions and life vows volunteers who give of Associates and friends of CSM on the made by seven CMM Sisters. Sr. Martha said, “It is good that we could come to encourage one another.” themselves so unstintingly to Feast of the Epiphany. (“Joyful Simplicity” continued from page 3.) When times seem tough, open your heart to the spade will bring up the worms that reflect a balance of poor and donate from your abundance. The abundance diversity in the soil. Next year we hope to plant an even may seem small, but give from it what you can with a larger garden. Those of us who plant crops and practice grateful heart. Make personal and corporate sacrifices animal husbandry work hard and sweat a lot, but we also — share the burdens of fiscal need as praying families laugh a lot and take great satisfaction (and much and as faith communities. Buy food for the local food amusement) in the fruits of our labor. Sacrifice? Oh, bank every time you shop for your family. Seek new yes. When the animals need tending and you feel rotten, habits that use less and produce more: dig in the dirt, you tend the animals. Summer heat and humidity are plant some seeds, and watch them turn into a bountiful draining, but when tomatoes are being harvested faster harvest. This might require less television or Internet than they can be eaten, the canners go into action even at time, but that might be the healthier choice. Plan ahead. 110° in the kitchen. Shelves filled with jars at the end of Make fewer trips and use less gasoline. Bake cookies or the season, and spinning wheels humming with harvested make soup from the vegetables you grow together. cashmere or wool, in the end, are very satisfying. Spend time with your family and try to really listen to Life does not have to be complicated. There are the conversations you share and to savor the meals set ways to introduce simplicity into our lives if we only before you. slow down and let God show us what is out of balance. Pray together. Cultivate gratitude. Listen for We cannot do this in our own strength. We must be God’s voice challenging old patterns and encouraging ready and willing to have God open our eyes to new habits. Freedom awaits: she is called Simplicity, unconscious habits of excess, to wake us up. and she lives in a grateful heart. (“The Simple Life: Marycroft Farm” continued from page 5.) American machine-driven agriculture replaced the one the local community too expensive? Should that day hundred-acre family farm with the modern supermarket. come soon, having a year’s larder of fruits and vegetables harvested, canned, dried or frozen, and What does all this teach us in 2009? Modern life having the basic skills to raise crops for that larder and agriculture have become so dependent on petroleum at sustainably will be a boon to our lives together. In the the turn of this century that the days of horse-drawn interim, a witness to the “simple life” — of animals in wagons are beginning to look less old-fashioned as fuel balanced husbandry, sustainable tillage of the soil and becomes scarcer. Will the day come when trucking costs conscientious use of the fruits of the harvest — fits well make buying food originating more than 100 miles from with our ethos of prayer balanced by honest labor and Wish List for the Work of the Sisters in For the Sisters in Greenwich: Greenwich and Luwinga Quantity Item Cost Often we are asked, what do the Sisters need? Many thanks to those of you who responded to the last 8 8.5 pound dry chemical fire extinguishers $50 each issue’s list. We are grateful as it gives us the tools to move 7 50ft. weeper hoses $19 forward in the “simple life.” For the Sisters in Luwinga: 14 4’ x 8’ 12” board kit for raised garden beds $80 each 1 Sewing Room Adjustable Dressform $250 Quantity Item Cost Computer Software 100 Clergy Collar Tabs $1 each Adobe Illustrator $250 Adobe Photoshop $225 50 One semester Tuitions for $150 per child 22” Computer Monitor and Memory $400 Secondary School Upgrade for the Scriptorium A Fund to purchase recreational $700 6 units 150 ft. Electric Goat/Sheep Fencing $200 each equipment for the Orphans Feeding 1 Take-up Reel for electric tape fencing $45 Program A Fund to purchase educational $500 The Sisters in Greenwich would also welcome donations of time equipment for the Orphans Feeding and talent in the form of volunteer gardeners, office workers, Program computer “websters”, apprentice cashmere combers and fiber craft workers. Call ahead if you are interested in helping out. 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