A storefront, some folding chairs and a caring heart are the foundation of an Episcopal ministry at 799 Main. As she walks, listens, helps, and even provides quarters at a local laundry, Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward is making a gentle difference in many lives. Her work is part of the church’s recent efforts to reach out to people in new places and new ways.
While helping the environment by providing renewable energy through the sun, an enterprising Clark student’s project also seeks to benefit individuals, such as police officers, military veterans, teachers and firefighters, whose everyday work helps others. Indeed the 19-year-old has already learned a valuable lesson: “If you really want to accomplish something, you have to find the time.” We suggest you find the time to check out this profile from Bronislaus B. Kush.
“Some of these projects may crash and burn and that’s OK. But it’s important that we get out into these communities to do some work. I guess you could say that this is at the heart of evangelization. We have an opportunity to do some amazing things.” — Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward
There are a lot of Episcopal churches in the Worcester area, including All Saints, St. Michael’s-on-the-Heights, St. Luke’s and St. Matthew’s, among others.
Some of the church buildings are majestic, with their distinctive old-style bell towers and steeples. Others are more low-key, snugly blending into the comfy landscape of suburban Central Massachusetts.
And then, there’s the “church” that’s run by the Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward.
It has no nave, no kneelers, no spires, no altar.
In fact, an individual could pass by it without knowing that it is a house of God.
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Rev. Meredyth Wessman Ward at a recent Wednesday morning outreach session at University Park.
You see, Rev. Ward is an Episcopal “urban missioner” and her church sits smack in the middle of gritty Main South, just a stone’s throw from the YMCA’s Central Community Branch on Main Street.
It’s located near a lot where a homeless man, a few years back, was found frozen to death in a car he sought refuge in.
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Folks who have visions for special projects to benefit society often spend years, decades, and even lifetimes in order to turn their ideas into useful, practical and workable accomplishments.
Not Krissy Truesdale.
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Krissy Truesdale, Clark’s latest aspiring social entrepreneur
It took the Clark University student only three years to transform her innovative plan to benefit the environment, while financially helping deserving everyday “heroes,” into a reality.
But the short turnaround time isn’t the only thing that makes Truesdale’s project remarkable.
You see, Truesdale started bouncing around the idea for “Solar for Our Superheroes,” a project aimed at providing solar power to the homes of people who benefit their communities through their efforts in the workplace, when she was a sophomore in high school.
Work to install solar panels on the project’s first home may start as early as this August.
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The Worcester Diocese Adopt-A-Student program has helped students like Grace Clark, now an 18-year-old freshman at Assumption College, who graduated from St. Peter-Marian. “I really got a great education,” said the pre-med student. “Frankly, if it weren’t for the program, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Bronislaus B. Kush checks in with Clark, and reports on the origins and future of this initiative.
Contemporary American life is filled with stuff to do, which makes it very difficult for many folks to carve out precious time in order to voluntarily help a worthy cause. Sometimes, it takes a little “incentive.”
In Robert Pape’s case, it was a pizza.
Specifically, a garlic pizza … from the first incarnation of Wonder Bar on Shrewsbury Street.
“I’m originally from Albany (New York) and I’m of Italian descent, so I’ve had my share of pizza,” said Pape. “But that garlic pizza was something else.”
Pape didn’t say whether he enjoyed the spicy pie, but the three men who shared the meal with him on that day in 1989 on the city’s East Side convinced him to volunteer in a new program that would allow children from financially strapped families to attend schools run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.
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Grace Clark, a freshman at Assumption, is among the many area students who benefit from the Worcester Diocese scholarship program.
The students were to be given almost full scholarships or extremely discounted tuition rates.
That year, the fledgling endeavor allowed seven or eight kids to take classes in Catholic schools. Since its founding, the program has slowly grown.
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