Senior Clergy Village has an Eagle Scout
By Carol Ann Fausone, Senior Clergy Village President
In July 2018, I received a phone call from Felician Sister Mary DeSales Herman who asked if I had any suggestions for an Eagle Scout Project. The decision was easy! The Stations of the Cross at Senior Clergy Village in Livonia, MI needed rehabilitation.
I then learned the name of the Scout - Kevin Murphy Schwab. This was no ordinary Boy Scout. At the age of 14, a freshman at Catholic Central High School, this Scout (who grew up with the Felician Sisters and Priests of Senior Clergy Village) agreed to accept this challenge as his Eagle Scout Project. Sister Mary DeSales and the Murphy Family have a friendship and special bond that started back in 1966 when Sister DeSales was the Principal at St. Michael’s School in Livonia.
Kevin Murphy Schwab wanted to do a project that honored his great uncle, Fr. Daniel Murphy, who was a resident at Senior Clergy Village. The project was endorsed by the Senior Clergy Board in October 2018. A committee was formed consisting of Sister Beatrice Marie Plamondon, Sister Mary DeSales, Sister Mary Alfonsa Van Overberghe, Fr. Jim Scheick, myself and Kevin. Within a few months and after several committee meetings, Kevin prepared a budget, designed a protype for the station chalets, identified weather resistant materials, created a project timeline, exceeded his fundraising goals, and completed chalet squirrel experiments.
June 22, 2019, the day before Kevin’s 15th birthday, was the day each new station, with reconfigured statues, would be installed. Sister Mary Alfonsa was the artist. A 15th station was added, created to represent the “Resurrection.” In addition, the Blessed Mother Statue and Chalet were painted and cleaned. Kevin’s entire family, dad (Mark), mom (Kathleen), and sister (Katie) embraced this project.
On July 21, 2019, Priests, Felician Sisters, family and friends numbering over 100 attended The Way of the Cross Blessing with Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Battersby presiding.
Kevin accomplished all the requirements to be Awarded his Eagle Scout Badge. Paperwork was under review when the pandemic stopped most activities. Sadly, during this time of waiting, Kevin’s dad, Mark, became very ill. The hope was that he would see Kevin obtain his Eagle Scout badge. On June 23, 2020, Kevin turned 16 still waiting to hear about the review of the project. On September 28, 2020 Mark Schwab was called to heaven with Jesus to oversee the final steps of this project with his Grandpa Frank Murphy and Uncle Fr. Dan Murphy. On November 2, 2020, All Souls Day, Kevin Murphy Schwab was notified he was officially an Eagle Scout.
This is no ordinary scout and young man. May I present to you Senior Clergy Village’s Eagle Scout, Kevin Murphy Schwab.
Thank you, Kevin, for your dedication and contribution to Senior Clergy Village. Our prayers are with you and your family always.Article reprinted with permission from the Felician Sisters’ Our Lady of Hope Province daily Update, Tuesday, November 17, 2020