The Archdiocese of Washington Ladies of Charity celebrate the Crowning of the Blessed Mother in the chapel of St. Ann’s Center for Children, Families and Youth.  The Very Rev. Thomas R. Frank, S.S.J. – Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Washington, DC was the celebrant and homilist for the Mass.  Father Frank stated in his homily that as Ladies of Charity spirituality and commitment are important in the fulfillment of God’s will.  This truly was displayed by all present. Sister Maggie Scally, a member of the Daughters of Charity at St. Ann’s provided the inspirational music during the Mass.  Ms. Jamila Stone the youngest member of the Ladies of Charity performed the crowning of the Blessed Mother.

During the luncheon, all members present who were ninety years of age and above were asked to stand and pose for pictures as a group.  They were acknowledged with a standing ovation for their many years of dedication in service to the poor.  Everyone present had a wonderful time with the planned activities of the day.  As always, the food was delicious and many gifts were collected for the children.

Kudos to Ms. Gloria A. Lessington, 2nd Vice President and Chairperson of the May Day Committee for her untiring work that went into this very successful event.  Also, special thanks to the committee members who made this a joyous occasion as well.  Especially, Joyce Dews, Rosemary Coller and Veronica Neal for their execution of the raffle, 50/50 and admission sales.  Beverly Motley, Donna Fisher and Dora Washick for displaying the gifts brought for the children of St. Ann’s and setting up the food buffet table and desserts.  Thanks to Sister Mary Bader and her staff for the decorated hall.  Last, but not least, a huge thank you to all the members who made a dish, gave a donation, brought a gift and came out to honor the Blessed Mother.  May God continue to bless you for all you do all year for the less fortunate throughout the community in humility, simplicity and charity.