Thursday, March 31, 2005

Leap of Faith

It's always hard to blog after a break. So, I tried to find pleasant news to post today. Here's a cool story to share with you:

KITTERY, Maine - The first time Barbara MacLeod visited St. Charles Children’s Home, she knew it was a story that needed to be told. So she told it: the story of six Catholic nuns in Rochester, who live with and care for 20 of New Hampshire’s most abused and neglected children.

She asked the questions: "What does it take for a wounded child to trust again; how strong is the healing power of love; and what does it take to save a ministry in peril?"

The answer MacLeod discovered: "A Leap of Faith," the title of the documentary that was recently awarded the 2005 Gracie Allen Award by Women in Radio & Television.

The award is one of a thousand different responses to the documentary.

According to Mother Paul Marie, a sister at St. Charles Children’s Home, more than 3,000 pieces of mail were sent to the home following the documentary. They stopped counting the number of calls they received after 800.

Not one call, letter or visitor had a negative response to the documentary or to the work done at the home, which MacCleod captured beautifully, Marie said.

"It was just so overwhelming," she said. "The secretaries and I sat with a Kleenex box between us, because we’d open the letters and just start crying."


Click here to read more about "St. Charles Children's Home."


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