Auctions in August

Last month we let you know of a way that individuals, organizations, and companies could donate a gift certificate, unique gift, or priceless item to attract bidders and help raise funds for their favorite non-profit organization. The program is put on by Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company is called Auctions in August. As of 8/25/14, over $59,000 has been bid to help local charities.


Lantern Light Ministries has been named the benefactor of one item. Photography by Marianne Hawkins Sabrier has donated a photo session and a 16×24 inch fine art gallery wrapped canvas to one lucky high bidder. One hundred percent of the item proceeds will come to Lantern Light. You can find the item at and search for “Lantern Light Ministries” on the Charity drop down menu. You can take a look at Marianne’s work on her website here.


So if you’re in need of photography or know of someone who is, please consider bidding or passing this on to others who may also be interested. But hurry, the auction ends on 8/29/2014 at 8pm.


An Opportunity To Give

Do you have goods or services you’d like to donate to raise money for Lantern Light Ministries? Well there is a unique opportunity to make those donations during the month of July to raise funds in August for our cause. Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company is hosting Auctions in August. Individuals, organizations, and companies are encouraged to donate a gift certificate, unique gift, or priceless item that will attract bidders and help raise funds for your favorite non-profit organization. You can read about it by clicking here. During the month of July, bring your donation valued at $50 or more along with a completed donation form (available here). Making your donation as soon as possible provides the best opportunity to have it listed online and insures the most amount of exposure. Items will be displayed and be available for bids from August 1st through the 29th at Gulf Coast Bank branches as well as online. Download the How to Donate Letter here for more information.


Even if you can’t donate, please check out the after August 1st.  You might find one of your favorite charities the benefactor of your winning bid. Thank you for your continued support of Lantern Light.


Who will keep the lantern burning brightly?

As most of you now know, our Lantern Light staff will be losing three members.  This also means that our community will be losing two sisters.  When we first opened our community in New Orleans, we were a community of 5 and now we are down to two.  Unfortunately, as of right now, no new sisters will be entering into our community.

This is a new and unique challenge for us and we need as much help as possible.  We appreciate our volunteers, Donna, Girlie, and Sylvia for taking on roles with our food bank and art program.  We ask our friends and volunteers to keep our community and our ministry in your prayers.  If you know anyone that is looking to volunteer, please let them know about Lantern Light Ministry.  We will especially need help during lunch time (from 11:30-1:00).  We need a physical presence in our courtyard with our guests as we line them up and feed them.

Please pray for young people to enter into a life of vocation.  Unfortunately, all religious orders are seeing a decline in numbers.  We encourage you to ask those around you if they have considered religious life.  Often, people don’t think of religious life unless someone else points out that they may have gifts to suit the lifestyle.


Please enjoy the song Who Will Light the Lantern as a meditation when praying for our congregation.

Who will Light the Lantern?


It’s not good bye, it’s see you later

This summer will be a summer of changes for Lantern Light Ministry.  Both Srs. Anna and Dolores will be returning to their home communities (Massachusetts and Manchester, respectively). Our AmeriCorps volunteer, Erika, will also be returning to New York.  These three women will be greatly missed as all who have met them have grown to love them.

The silver lining of their departure is the excuse to celebrate!  As pseudo-New Orleanians, we sure do love a reason to celebrate.  The first part of the celebration took place on a Saturday in June.  We invited guests, staff, and volunteers to join us in a game of BINGO and lunch.  The three honorees enjoyed a few hours with the guests ‘work free’ while our volunteers helped prepare lunch and run BINGO.  We ended our joyous afternoon with three rounds of “For she’s a jolly good sister” (person for Erika who is a lay volunteer) led by Sr. Enid.

IMG_0378 IMG_0343 IMG_0316 IMG_0318 IMG_0328

A second celebration was held at David Hardin’s home in Belle Chase.  He and his wife hosted a quiet reception to honor Anna, Dolores, and Erika as well as celebrating the wonderful volunteers who have joined the Lantern Light Family. It was an evening of laughter and, most importantly, love.

Lantern Light Logo cookies for our girls!
Lantern Light Logo cookies for our girls!

We can’t thank Anna, Dolores, and Erika enough for the impact they’ve had on the center, on our ministry, and on our volunteers.  To say they will be missed is an understatement.

Sr. Dolores will be leaving to Manchester on June 27th, Anna and Erika will be leaving to the Northeast on the very beginning of August.


Summer Closing

The Rebuild Center will be closed from August 4th-15th.  The center will reopen on Monday, August 18th.

If you have any scheduling questions, please contact Sr. Vera. Please let your friends and families know about volunteering with Lantern Light Ministry at the Rebuild Center!




Sr. Vera Butler, Hibernian of the Year 2014

Sr. Vera was honored as the 2014 Hibernian of the Year by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians on March 17th, 2014.  This video, made by WYES  New Orleans, was presented before Sr. Vera was to formally receive the honor and deliver her acceptance speech.

Enjoy and share to understand a little bit more about Sr. Vera, the Presentation Sisters, The Rebuild Center, and of their Foundress Nano Nagle.


Sr. Vera Hibernian of the Year 2014