The History of the Shawl Ministry www.shawlministry.com.In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates from the Hartford seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, created the Shawl Ministry. Care and the love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace as well as those celebrating baptisms or other milestones of life.
Many blessings are knitted or crocheted into the shawl. Designers begin each shawl with prayers and blessings for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl.
The shawl is based on a 3-stitch seed pattern. The pattern of three’s can be found in every religion and society. This is a reflection of planting peace, healing, love, comfort and hope. In the tradition of Christian faith, the number three symbolizes the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). It is said that the number three is used 523 times in scripture!
When the shawls are completed they receive a final blessing before being sent on their way.
Shawls awaiting blessing at the annual Blessing of the Hands Prayer Service.
The Shawl Ministry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is dedicated to:
The concept and development for a shawl ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, was inspired through Renew 2003.
A special thank you to those who taught us to knit and served as teachers, mentors and friends. We praise God for His divine intervention through all the people who have stepped forward to give this ministry the strength to move to the next level.
Thank you to all those individuals who will join in the knitting or crocheting of the shawls as well as the many other contributors. It’s been said, "God does not call the equipped. He equips the called." So come join the mystery that unfolds silently in the rhythm of knitting or crocheting.
Any contributions are greatly appreciated. We have listed some examples below.
He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.