August 2020 Newsletter

Hello Friends!

Recently I came across these words from the Bible, in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, and wanted to share them with you: “Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

With all that we are experiencing because of the pandemic, it may indeed feel at times as if the mountains are “leaving their place”, and the hills “shaking”. Let us find strength in this wonderful assurance by our faithful God, and hold it in our hearts: “My love shall never leave you”!

As we celebrate the beautiful Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven on August 15, let us pray together: O God, our Father: all creation rightly gives you praise, for all life and all holiness come from you. In the plan of your wisdom, she who gave birth to your Son, Jesus, was raised body and soul in glory to be with Him in Heaven. May we follow the example of Mary in reflecting your goodness and join in her hymn, of endless love and praise. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

God be with you and give you His peace!

Fr. Michael


Vincentian Marian Manor’s Green Initiative projectVincentian Marian Manor’s Green Initiative project is causing quite a buzz on campus. Maintenance Manager Rich Batson has been breeding honey bees for many years. He spent 2 years studying bees at Penn State and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Rich built the bee boxes and frames for the Apiary and started with 60,000 honey bees. Currently, we have over 300,000 bees and expect upwards of 500,000 by next spring. Flowers and fruit trees were planted to promote pollination and honey production. The honey is, literally, pouring in and we expect to taste the success soon!

Vincentian Marian Manor’s Green Initiative project

Beekeeper Rich Batson and Activity Aide, Laureen Mason prepare the hives for the incoming bees. A video camera has been installed in one of the hives and residents can watch the bees in action on closed circuit tv.