Residents Receive Van from Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Thanks to the generosity of parishioners at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Celebration, Bishop Grady Villas now has a new van to help transport residents around town. The van is used to take residents to doctor appointments, shopping trips, volunteer projects, church on Sunday, and other activities of daily life. It is a valuable resource for our residents – who are very excited about their new ride!
Bishop Grady Residents are Caring for Creation
One example in our diocese of caring for God’s creation is found at Bishop Grady Villas. Residents are growing more than 20 fruits, herbs and vegetables, under the direction of a group of volunteers. The produce is used in the community kitchen as well as in residents’ personal kitchens.
Meagan Gallagher, residential program manager, said a desire to offer more healthy food choices for residents and staff prompted the resurgence of the BGV gardening program and opened the discussion on taking care of nature.
“We began asking, ‘How can we incorporate fresh, natural foods in our community?’ We changed our menu and now all of our meals are made from scratch,” she said. “That was the catalyst to having our own fruits and vegetables grown in-house.”
The residents are also blossoming from this experience which has shown them the value of caring for nature and the world around them.
“I think the garden is a wonderful teaching tool,” said Jose Feliciano, a volunteer at BGV. “The residents see creation. They see life. You put a seed in the ground. You grow. You harvest. You learn to cook it. Our residents learn it takes care to grow and nurture the plants.”