Saturday, September 26, 2015

86-Year-Old Stowe Woman Chosen to Hear Historic Pope Francis Address to Congress

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello's office

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, accompanies Stowe resident Jeannine Ferrante through the U.S. Capitol on her way to hear Pope Francis address Congress Thursday.

Jeannine Ferrante has had an exciting couple of days.

The 86-year-old West Pottsgrove resident returned home Friday night after a trip to Washington, D.C. to witness Pope Francis address Congress.

"It was awe inspiring. In his humble, soft spoken way, he conveyed the most important messages, the way I imagine Jesus would," Ferrante said in written responses to questions e-mailed by The Mercury.

A parishioner of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Stowe since 1950, when she was married there, Ferrante was selected by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello to use one of his tickets to see the address.

" It was almost unbelievable. I was pleasantly surprised and was most grateful to Congressman Costello for this opportunity of a lifetime," Ferrante wrote.

"The friends I shared the good news with were very happy for me."

The lucky lady was a little too tired after all the excitement to speak to The Mercury directly, but she did agree to answer some written questions.

She wrote that she found the Capitol to be "very impressive. It would be nice if every American could visit it."

Ferrante had only been there previously on school trips.

It's the first time she has ever seen a Pope in person.

Prior to heading to Washington, Ferrante did speak with Candy Woodall, a reporter from The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

In a Sept. 9 article, Ferrante said she is a fan of Francis.

"I think he's marvelous. I'm very fortunate to be chosen to be close to this person," she said.

"I'm not sure what would be best for him to say, but I'm sure whatever he says will be enlightening. Congress will hear something they've never heard before," Ferrante told the Patriot-News.

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