A Visit to Daughters of Charity in Macon

by Lucy Ann Saunders, LCUSA Past President

After vacationing in St. Mary’s, Ga., my husband and I visited Macon where the Daughters of Charity make their home in the parish of St. Peter Claver. During our visit Sr. Elyse Staab graciously gave us the grand tour of her city and the Daughters’ ministries.

Lucy Saunders, Sr. Elyse Staab, Sr. Elizabeth Greim
Lucy Saunders, Sr. Elyse Staab, Sr. Elizabeth Greim

Sr. Elizabeth Greim is the program director for “Daybreak,” a place where those without a home are greeted each morning with a hot breakfast and gather during the day in a café style lounge. Showers and laundry facilities are also available. Guests are engaged with the utmost hospitality. A medical clinic is provided in conjunction with the University of Georgia. Daybreak is a collaborative effort of 10 Macon churches and DePaul USA, a national non-profit with a vision that everyone has a place to call home. Northeast regional board member Marilyn Martone was recently appointed LCUSA’s representative on the DePaul USA Board of Directors.

We also visited Sr. Roberta Treppa at FAM (Family Advancement Ministries – helping families move ahead). Their mission statement reads, “FAM is a Catholic, diocesan, social service organization that, in partnership with the community at-large, nurtures a reverence for life by responding to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of families with the goal of moving families toward independence and self-sufficiency. “ Sr. Grace Calvisi directs a ministry offered to Hispanic families in the parish.

Special thanks to Sr. Elyse, who tutors at FAM, as well as wearing many other hats that involve the Vincentian Family South.
Sr. Roberta in Macon

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