On Sunday, December 6th, the Servant Sisters of Ave Maria, Florida went to Immokalee to sing Christmas Carols at the local market. The people who live there are very poor and work hard. We wanted to bring them the joy of Baby Jesus' coming.
We took the girls in the Discernment Program and candidates to sing Carols to the elderly in a nursing home, where one of the girls' grandmothers lives.
We sang to them as they ate their dinner, and then went through the halls visiting those who could not come out of their rooms or who had already gone to their room for the night. I think they were happy to have an alternative to watching television. The elderly are always grateful to have someone to talk to. The girls enjoyed it a lot, too.
The retired Bishop of Fatima, Bishop Seraphim, came to Ave Maria on Monday, December 7th. He came to visit students and be among them. While he has been here, he has celebrated Mass in the Oratory and on Monday night, the eve of the Immaculate Conception, he was present at the procession of the rosary done by the students. On the 9th, he ate with the religious sisters on the campus and the girls in the Discernment Program. He spoke on the theme of vocations and recounted his own experience. We are very happy to have had him here.