My family found the Church of the Holy Comforter in the nineties. Holy Comforter helped reinforce moral lessons I learned at home. Becoming an acolyte helped me learn what it means to keep your word. Serving at early morning services was not an easy job, but if I were on the schedule, I knew I had to keep my word to Ms Lewis, Darryl, and my fellow acolytes. I learned leadership and comradery by taking part in the Youth Group and its various activities. I learned how to appreciate other countries and their cultures by attending the church's multicultural festivals. I celebrated my peers academic achievements during Education Sunday. The list of what I learned and how I was affected can go on and on but these are just a few of the many ways Holy Comforter impacted my life and made me who I am.
My mother always tells stories of how welcoming Fr. Davis was to all visitors, but most especially to young children. I often recall parents trying to quiet their restless or crying babies, and he asking them to keep the child in the sanctuary so both would not miss out on the word.
Please continue to support the youth. It is only a realization now, in my close to adult years, that fellowship does not always only occur on Sundays. Anywhere members are gathered and there is warmth, that is truly where God is. The youth are always there listening to what you tell them. Please continue to show them the light by keeping them involved and active in the community. Thank you, Holy Comforter, for steering the youth (including myself) in the right direction!
Murray graduated from Drexel University in 2014, with his Bachelors in Architecture. He and his fiance, Hannah Sandolo, currently live in Philadelphia, where he works for Strada Architecture.