May 19-25 College Week

May 19-25, 2019, College Week: Our Lady of Grace (IN) & St. Lawrence/St. Luke (NJ)

Thanks to the groups from Our Lady of Grace (IN) and St. Luke/St. Lawrence (NJ) for a great week.

Making a difference serving with Melissa, Teshla, Wellspring, Farmer Rhonda, and on the homefront.

Thanks to these students and their group leaders Jake and John for their selfless love and their graced presence among us.

Thanks also to our Summer Servants for the week: Grace Pallisard, Marty Nocchi, Shannon Loeherer, Frances Rafferty, Sarah Reilly, Caroline Kreh, Cece Pateman, Lindsey Meyer, Kevin Truong, and Joey Lenkey.

May 12-18 College Week

May 12-18, 2019, College Week: Alvernia University (Reading, PA)

Thanks to the group from Alvernia University, a Franciscan school near Reading, PA, for a great week.

Making a difference serving with Melissa, Teshla, Wellspring, Farmer Rhonda, and on the homefront.

Thanks to these students and their group leader Krista for their selfless love and their graced presence among us.

Thanks also to our Summer Servants for the week: Grace Pallisard, Marty Nocchi, Shannon Loeherer, Frances Rafferty, Robert O’Ryan, and Sarah Reilly

Reflections on 12 years at Bethlehem Farm

12 years ago the day before yesterday, Colleen and I graduated from grad school at WVU. 12 years ago yesterday Colleen and I moved in at Bethlehem Farm, greeted by the sole Caretaker at the time, Russ Plywaczynski. 2 hours later, a group arrived from Illinois State and we met Lauren LaCoy, among others. A week later, Kathleen Brian DeRouen moved in.

Having lived in community with 35 Caretakers and hundreds of Summer Servants, and having hosted thousands of volunteers over 193 service-retreat weeks, adding three little ones to our family (the last one here at home) along the way, there is so much to be thankful for and so many people who have lifted us up.

Some things never change, like planting tomatoes in May on a college week, while so much growth and change has transpired as well. Here’s to many more years!

To borrow from Frost:
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But [we] have promises to keep.
And miles to go before [we] sleep.
And miles to go before [we] sleep.

A photo from the May 2, 2007, board meeting just prior to Eric and Colleen, Brian and Kathleen moving in.

2020 Calendar Announcement

2020 Calendar Announcement

We are excited to announce our 2020 service-retreat week calendar!

Our 2020 Calendar has been posted and the registration packets are updated for the coming year. The priority registration date for the up-coming group season is Thursday August 15th for colleges and Monday September 16th for high schoolTo assure your chances of getting your spots, be sure to have your paperwork and deposit in by the appropriate date. Our participation fee this year will increase to $350, including the $50 deposit, as noted last year and in order to keep pace with inflation.

Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through serving with the local community and teaching sustainable practices. We invite volunteers to join us in living the Gospel cornerstones of service, prayer, simplicity, and community. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Links found here:

Registration packets

Calendar

Bethlehem Farm Video

 

HOLY WEEK 2019

Holy Week 2019: St. Martin de Porres, Xaverian Bros., and St. John’s (Shrewsbury, MA) High Schools

What a meaningful way to spend Holy Week:

living in unity with our brothers and sisters from
St Martin de Porres HS (Cleveland, OH)
Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood, MA)
St. John’s HS (Shrewsbury, MA)

Making a difference serving with Melissa, Teshla, Wellspring, local farmers, and on the homefront.

Thanks to these students and chaperones for their selfless love and their graced presence among us.

Thanks also to our helpers for the week: Shannon O’Toole & Kate Wiggins.