The Fernanda Guild
The Fernanda Guild is a group for the women of Saint Mark’s. Our gatherings are open to all who identify as women in our community (including girls!), and our purpose is to provide an opportunity for fellowship, service to women in the city of Philadelphia, and service to all the people of Saint Mark’s.
The Guild takes its name from Fernanda Wanamaker, the wife of Rodman Wanamaker, who was one of the greatest benefactors of Saint Mark’s. When Fernanda died unexpectedly in 1900, Rodman donated the Lady Chapel in her memory. Her name is a reminder to us of the meaning of generosity and stewardship in the service of God.
On January 28, the Guild came together for a fun evening of cooking and fellowship. We made dinner for the women of The Well, a winter shelter for women in the city of Philadelphia. We made a week’s worth of meals to help care for some of those who are most in need in this city.
The Fernanda Guild hosted the reception after the mass of the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25. There was a delicious assortment of foods that represented the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. The round foods, especially cakes and cookies representing wreaths, angel food cake, blueberries to represent Mary and many sweets.
The next Fernanda Guild meeting is Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall, after coffee hour. We will be planning for the Fernanda Guild Tea coming up on Saturday, May 20 at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We have room for a total of 25 people, so reserve your spot early! To make a reservation for the tea, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Nancy Massey.