Building Bridges in Southern Maryland

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

May 22, 2024

Six dedicated volunteers from Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, and Kentucky came together recently in Lexington Park, Maryland, to support a newly developed ministry called “Building Bridges.” Their mission was to create a meaningful connection between the youth of Southern Maryland and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth community.

This initiative was made possible with the support of Beth Allen, Campus Minister at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, where students also tutor local children. Over three days, the volunteers painted and laid new flooring at the center, transforming it into a welcoming space. The center offers educational support and various therapeutic services to children in need, including physical, occupational, and behavioral therapy. The work was physically demanding but emotionally and spiritually rewarding.

“It was a time that people of other cultures, ages and spirituality came together and reached out to improve the arena where children are provided a range of support,” said Sister Luke Boiarski, who participated in the project.

Traveling, sharing meals, and reflecting on the day’s work fostered a sense of camaraderie among the volunteers.

“We bonded so deeply as a group and at night enjoyed the beauty and comfort of Camp Maria,” Sister Luke said. “A big thank you to Greg Shed, the Director of Camp Maria, for his gracious hospitality.”

The Building Bridges initiative is a reminder of what can be achieved when we come together with a shared purpose. Together, we can all build bridges that unite hearts and pave the way for a brighter future.


  1. Janice Downs

    Loved it! Thanks. Sister Janice

    • Joel

      Miraculous initiative!! And miracles will continue to happen,!


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