AW in the News
“THE OPening WORD ”: An Experience of Fortitude
by Audrey J. Schroeder, AW
In September 2015, having been given the blessing of Sr. Cathy Sheehan, DW, I embarked on a new project. The Amityville Dominicans had been working at three sites on Long Island for over 20 years teaching women from various countries, new to our country and our language. ESL is something I was trained to do back in 2002 and taught on a one-to-one basis but never in the classroom. Well, Sr. Catherine Pelusa OP gave me a quick look-over and advised
that “we’ll see how it works out”. Whew was I scared…. Anyway, I have not been put out on the curb yet and thoroughly enjoy my Mondays at St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station. Sr. Marilyn Soeder DW and Sr. Bernadette Sassone DW greeted me with open arms as they had joined this intercultural teaching effort a few weeks before me. The two Sisters from South America, Sr. Marie de Jesus DW and Sr. Marie Therese DW arrived a few months ago and are eagerly learning English themselves.
There are now classes for men held in the evenings. It seems to be a huge success due to our enthusiastic DW’s and the OP’s and all the volunteers who support each other as well as the stu- dents. The Administration Team and the Board of Directors work tirelessly to ensure educa- tional as well as financial success.
This is truly a gift to me. The grace I receive, the gratitude of the women I teach has enriched me in ways I cannot express. Let’s just say the enthusiasm of these hard working students, many of whom work more than one job, raise children and attend classes five days a week makes me want to share their successes with all I meet.
Currently I am working on the 25th Anniversary Committee of The OPening Word celebration. It is being held in April 2017 and you will get more information on that as soon as I have the final details. By all means check out the website: www.openingword.org. Maybe some of you would be interested in learning more or…. even teaching!
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