Bensalem Township Dedicates Bench to the SBS
Bensalem Township Public Safety Director, Fred Harran joined Mayor Joe DiGirolamo to dedicate a bench in honor of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS). Members of Build a Better Bensalem Together Committee were also present as the bench was unveiled to some of the Sisters and their leadership representatives on June 3, 2019. A small luncheon followed the presentation.
Mayor Joe DiGirolamo reflected upon how much the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament have meant to the city, not only by their living within the area for over a century, but also the ways in the which the Sisters participated at meetings, events and in collaborative efforts to improve the community.
Below: Sr. Rosita Shiosee enthusiastically cheers as the bench is unveiled to some of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
Sr. Pat Downs, SBS, who served on the Building a Better Bensalem Together coalition for many years worked collaboratively with city officials and committee members to bring unity and tolerance among different faith groups within Bensalem by giving residents and others the opportunity to observe and participate in the various religious services during Unity Week honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. This community organization also planned and organized various events throughout the community as part of its mission to reduce substance abuse and other adolescent problems.
Pictured far right: Sr. Pat Downs who served on the Building a Better Bensalem Together committee for many years, expresses gratitude to the committee members and Bensalem Township council members for the honor given to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
Mayor DiGirolamo noted that over the years, the Mission Center at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel was the site of many city meetings and events. As the director of the National Shrine, Sr. Pat and her staff worked with the township to facilitate those meetings and events.
The bench was chosen to honor the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and serve as a permanent reminder to all residents of Bensalem the important role that the SBS have held within the community. It will permanently reside in the area surrounding the township amphitheater, the public site of summer concerts and other events.
On the upper back rest area of the bench, a quote by Robby Novack is inscribed on a small plaque. It’s message is one that has become synonymous with the SBS for their dedication to social justice for all…“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a Somebody.”
The bench ensures that a part of St. Katharine Drexel and the SBS’s legacy will permanently be preserved in Bensalem. Bensalem Township Public Safety Director, Fred Harran, stated during the bench presentation to the Sisters, “Regardless of where you are located, you will always be with us.” Just another example of St. Katharine Drexel and the legacy of her Sisters being preserved for future generations.
Special thanks to police officer Muller who escorted some of our Sisters from Paul’s Run to the event and saw to their safe return home.
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