It’s true in the good sense: what goes around, comes around. Caught totally unaware, Sister Marie Noel Bruch received a special gift today in gratitude for her kindness and generosity.

This past summer during the SCL and SCL Associate gatherings in Leavenworth, Sister Noel gave Sandra Miley, SCLA, 10 handcrafted necklaces to use to raise funds for Denver area residents’ trip to World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019. With the $350 raised, the Denver archdiocese was able to help a family pay for their child’s airfare to the event.

Sister Noel (left) with Sister Sheila Karpan.

The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe now sits nestled in the “garden” in Sister Noel’s room.

When Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez learned of this support, he blessed a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and asked Sandra to give it to Sister Noel as a token of appreciation. Sandra sent an all-points bulletin to Denver SCLs and SCL Associates asking if anyone was traveling to Leavenworth over the holidays. Sister Sheila Karpan responded in the affirmative, and she was the bearer of the good news and gift for Sister Noel. The statue has now found a new home in the corner garden in Sister Noel’s room at the Mother House. Sister’s good friend Marilyn McKibben, Helena, Mont., deserves credit and special mention for handcrafting the jewelry.