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So far Elizabeth MacNeal has created 38 blog entries.

Be Fully Present

One of the truly blessed and unexpected lessons I've learned so far is how much the communities around me live in the moment. I have the opportunity to serve many different groups of people from individuals with intellectual disabilities attending day programs to people experiencing homelessness receiving meals and clothes from different outreach locations.  [...]

2022-11-21T08:54:15-05:00November 15th, 2022|

The Franciscan Community of St. Francis Inn

In November of 2021, Commonweal Magazine published a special issue with the heading "The Varieties of Religious Community Today" in which a collection of articles profiled the charism, ministry, and community life of a variety of religious communities throughout the United States. Commonweal did an admirable job of featuring a wide range of lay [...]

2022-11-04T12:52:55-04:00October 15th, 2022|

My Neighbor

“My Neighbor” - two words that summon thoughts of the kids next door who wail in the morning, the man across the street with disdain for loud noises (and perhaps people, in general), and the sweet old southern lady named Dot who I have been blessed to call my neighbor this year. “My Neighbor” [...]

2022-09-06T10:37:08-04:00August 22nd, 2022|

Ay Buddy!!

Working at St Francis Inn, you get to see a lot of diverse guests dine in. Some guests come every day and you get to learn their names and their stories. Some guests, you learn their names because they are truly needy and are ringing the bell every day asking for something. Some guests [...]

2022-06-13T08:55:36-04:00June 13th, 2022|

Making Connections

One of the most important parts of my year has been making connections. Whether that be with the staff or guests, I always feel like I’m making connections. These new relationships have made a significant impact on me. Our guests have grown on me so much throughout my time here. Just something as simple [...]

2022-05-09T06:26:51-04:00May 15th, 2022|

My Neighbor

 When I hear the words “My Neighbor,” the first things I think of are the kids next door who cry in the morning, the man who used to live across the street from me who hated loud noises, and the sweet old southern lady named Dot who I have been blessed to call my neighbor [...]

2022-02-17T16:07:27-05:00February 17th, 2022|
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