In honor of World Sight Day, we’re proud to share the remarkable story of MaKenzie Love, a 16-year-old high school student from Ohio. MaKenzie, a lector at St. Mary’s Parish in Columbus, recently achieved finalist status in the Braille Challenge. This prestigious competition tests proficiency in using Braille, the essential reading tool for the blind. This achievement was made possible, in part, by the support of Xavier Society for the Blind, a Catholic Charities-affiliated agency based in New York City.
MaKenzie’s Braille Challenge Journey
MaKenzie Love, a dedicated lector in her parish, plays a vital role in her community by reading the Scriptures at the Saturday night Vigil Mass. MaKenzie’s journey to becoming a Braille Challenge finalist began with her passion for reading and her commitment to her faith. Material to access the Sunday readings for her is distributed by the Xavier Society for the Blind. The Society specializes in providing religious education materials. MaKenzie reads from the Scriptures once a month.
Xavier Society for the Blind: A Beacon of Support
MaKenzie’s journey was significantly enhanced by the Xavier Society for the Blind, a Catholic Charities-affiliated agency located in Manhattan. Founded in 1900, the Society specializes in providing religious education materials, ensuring that individuals with visual impairments have access to the spiritual resources they need.
The Xavier Society for the Blind not only supports individuals like MaKenzie but also offers essential materials for young children, adults on their faith journey, and those considering converting to Catholicism. Malachy Fallon, the secretary for the Society, aptly stated, “Whether they are young children learning for the first time or adults trying to enhance their faith and learn more, or adults who are considering converting to Catholicism, we can provide those materials for them at whatever stage they’re in along their faith journey.”
MaKenzie’s Gratitude and Impact
In a recent interview, MaKenzie expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the Xavier Society for the Blind and acknowledged the significant impact it has had on her faith and Braille skills. She stated, “Without the Xavier Society, and what the Lord has done through them, I probably would not be able to do what I can … I think being able to read and write has helped me grow as a person and in my faith.”
Despite her visual impairment, MaKenzie’s dedication and the unwavering support of organizations like the Xavier Society for the Blind have enabled her to excel in her faith and Braille literacy skills.
World Sight Day: Illuminating the Journey
On this World Sight Day, we celebrate the achievements of inspiring individuals like MaKenzie Love and the unwavering support of organizations like the Xavier Society for the Blind. Together, they shine a light on the path to faith, knowledge, and inclusivity for those with visual impairments.
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