The prayer was heart-filled and included song and participative prayer. Then Sister Gwynette’s co-workers gave testimony about her contributions to both the Pastoral work of the Church in Baltimore and to Black Catholic Ministries. They claimed, “God packed you with a purpose” and articulated some of the gifts they learned from her, such as the importance of working in a collaborative mode, building unity in every enterprise and believing in their own capacity to lead. In working with Black Catholic Ministries, they said she helped them create “roots and wings.” She also helped them raise money for important things they could not have done without her assistance.
The food was abundant and delicious. In a final blast of festivity, in came a huge cake and time for a toast:
“We toast the life and ministry of Sister Gwynette… Bless her, her family and religious community for the many ways she has participated in your light of love, your walk of justice and your project of transforming the world. May she walk into her future anchored in hope…”