From the St. John Center For Homeless Men
Original art and 10 founding members mark the launch of the Sister Mary Kathleen Sheehan Legacy Society, a designation for individuals or families who name St. John Center in their wills.
The painting entitled “The Angels of St. John Center,” created by longtime St. John Center supporter and board member Mary Bryan, was unveiled June 17 at the second annual donor appreciation event. Sr. Kathleen received the first print of the image that features an angel protecting St. John Center and names representative of the thousands of “angels” who support the agency with financial contributions.
Sr. Kathleen challenged the audience with these words: My hope and prayer for all of us is that we will continue to be symbols of hope for those in desperate need of love, that we find a common bond, and are inspired to bring about a world where peace and justice will prevail.
Charter Legacy Society members Nancy and Larry Otto were present to receive their print. Other charter members include Leona and Stewart Wolfson, James E. Westbay, Jennifer and Mark Nickel, Sarah and Ron Sweat, and Maria Price.
“During this past year St. John Center was particularly touched by an angel in the person of Christina Evers,” said Ron Sweat, Director of Mission Advancement. Ms. Evers, who died in 2009, had long been a supporter and remembered St. John Center with a generous gift from her estate.
“This agency has been well supported by a cloud of witnesses for 24 years,” reflected Maria Price, Executive Director. “Leaving a gift of any size is a final gesture of generosity that leaves a lasting imprint of love.”