In 1998, Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of Applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every stitch.

Panther Valley Ecumenical Church
Prayer Shawl Selection
The Knitting Group here at Panther Valley Ecumenical Church actively knits/crochets shawls for anyone in the community who is in need of comfort.
If you are in need or know of someone who would benefit from a prayer shawl,
you may call the church office at 908-852-5444


The Togetherness Circle
Panther Valley Ecumenical Ministry
Prayer Shawls Tag.

“Shawls … made for centuries universal and embracing,

symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.

They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace,

mother, hug, shelter and beautify.

Those who have received these shawls have been 

uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to 

fly above their troubles…”


  Written in 1998 by: Janet Severi Bristow  Copyright ©2018