#1: My experience with my prayer buddy was interesting because it was something new. I also thought it was fun because I got to meet someone new. It was cool to be able to talk to her and get to know her after writing letters. I also thought that being able to write letters and receive letters back was also fun. It was really fun when I got to write letters and make cards. The experience I had was really fun.
─ Max Cummins (prayer buddy: Helen Wenger)
#2: My experience was amazing. I was filled with joy knowing that I was bringing joy to all the residents there. It was great to meet my prayer buddy Br. Basil. He was very nice. I hope to go back soon because I know most of the residents are lonely. While I was there I sang for them and I could see joy in their faces. Once again, I greatly loved my experience to pray for Br. Basil and to communicate with him and learn about his life and vocation. I hope to do it again some day and I encourage all to join in the acts of mercy.
─ Daniel Bielejeski
#3: My experience meeting my prayer buddy for the first time was wonderful! I was very excited and once we started talking I had a blast. Barbara showed me around and we talked about our siblings, on how we both have nine children in our families and I thought it was very nice, and I hope we can go back very soon!
─ Katherine Larson (prayer buddy: Barbara Welp)
#4: This was my first experience going to such a wonderful and pure place. When I first walked into the cafeteria area I was very excited to see and meet my prayer buddy. Her name is Maria Wang, and I really got to speak with her and meet her. I was glad to see she was in a great place with other great people there. She really reminded me of my grandma, who I love very much. If I had the chance to come back and visit her, or volunteer, my answer would be a complete yes. It was a day full of new experience I’ll always cherish and never forget.
─ Quynh Pham (prayer buddy: Maria Wang)
#5: I love having a prayer buddy. My prayer buddy, Kaye Jones, is wonderful! From the moment I received my first letter from her I knew that we would be good friends. Over this school year I have prayed for Kaye and sent letters back and forth to her. I get to know about her exciting adventures and her daily life, in turn telling her about my daily life and events that happen out of the ordinary for me. She prays for me as well sometimes sending me spiritual bouquets. I was so excited when I finally was able to meet her at the Little Sisters of the Poor. She was very beautiful and loving. She gave me a hug as soon as she found out who I was and was just as excited as I was. I think that every eighth grade class should have a prayer buddy because it’s a great experience and something fun to do with someone new.
─ Hannah Hafner (prayer buddy: Kaye Jones)
#6: I have liked the experience of having a prayer buddy over the past few months. It has been nice to know that I have someone praying for me. I also enjoyed finally meeting Jerry after praying for him for so long. It made the whole thing a lot more alive. Instead of just praying for some strange name, now I actually know him and have a face and a personality to go with the name. It was also great to send letters and cards, and get a letter back. Overall, it is a great thing to have a prayer buddy.
─ Nathan Coyne (prayer buddy: Jerry Connolly)
#7: When I went to the Little Sisters of the Poor I was very nervous and excited. When I was singing I tried to find my prayer buddy. I couldn’t find him until I went into the very sick part of the nursing home and I found him. We said a prayer and he gave me his blessing. I know with the Little Sisters he will be ok, but it hurt me when I saw him and he couldn’t do anything but pray. I will definitely continue to pray for him and will try to visit him again.
─ Brandon Plasch (prayer buddy: Fr. Abbott)