|Zachary Ratliff with his mother Julia during Mass|
Rolling Prairie, Indiana -- Sacred Heart Apostolic School in
Rolling Prairie, Indiana, recently hosted a retreat for the mothers
of the students there.
“It was a great opportunity for them
to see what life is like here at the school,”
said Senior John Sester. “And it was great to see
Students at the boarding school only see their families
a few times a year.
“We stay in communication through
letters and phone calls, but physically being together is a
different thing entirely,” said John.
For some of the mothers, this
was their first visit to the school, and their first
time seeing the environment in which the boys live. Not
only were the mothers able to spend time with their
sons, but they had the opportunity to meet other moms,
as well as their sons’ friends and superiors. They shared
an evening of games like Scategories and Pictionary, led by
Br. Jesus Salinas.
Danna Dandurand said, “I was given such a
gift from God – peace and confirmation that my son
is exactly where God wants him to be. It makes
him being away from home so much easier, knowing he
is happy and living in God’s will. It was such
a blessing to meet and talk with the other moms,
and so reassuring to hear their stories about trusting our
Lord as we all share the same experiences.”
“I gained much
from the time with the other mothers,” said Karen Sester.
“What an amazingly generous group of women who can honestly
tell God, ‘I Want to Want What You Want!’ It
was also wonderful to get to know Fr. Ronald (Conklin,
LC, Rector of Sacred Heart Apostolic School) on a personal
level, and also getting to know John’s friends during the
not-so-quiet game of Pictionary. Br. Jesus was the highlight of
that game. His joy is contagious!”
|Shandra Emerich draws during Pictionary while Br. Jesus judges|