WINNIPEG — Guests gathered at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Church Nov.19 for the Sowing Seeds Award banquet to honour and celebrate the work of Villa Rosa, this year’s recipient. The award was accompanied by a cheque in the amount of $5,000.
The Sowing Seeds Award is made possible through the Grain of Wheat Legacy Fund, established by the Living Waters Columbarium in memory of the deceased who are entombed and memorialized within and beyond the columbarium. The Sowing Seeds Award recognizes a group or organization for its commitment to transform the world by choosing unconditional love and sacrifice.
Each year, families of the deceased enrolled in the Grain of Wheat Legacy Fund are invited to consider the passions of their loved ones and to nominate an organization or group that endeavours to transform the world through work that reflects those passions. In this way, the deceased continue to be present through the transformative work they embraced during their lives.
The work of Villa Rosa resonates with the lifelong efforts of several individuals enrolled in the fund. These people nurtured and supported the gift of life made present through pregnant mothers and their babies, and experienced firsthand God’s love through the gift of newborn children.
Founded in 1898 by the Misericordia Sisters, Villa Rosa is a prenatal and postnatal residence in Winnipeg where young women can find shelter during their pregnancies. Villa Rosa serves some of the most vulnerable women in Manitoba, most of whom are single, pregnant teenagers. By offering a safe place to live, nutritious meals, counselling, life skills, education, parenting programs, and unconditional love, staff and volunteers journey with the mothers and their babies to provide a transformative experience — a life-giving alternative to abortion and a foundation for future growth.
For more information, see www.livingwaterswpg.ca.