September 2018 Newsletter

Sep 17, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

Sunny and Peter at the marketplace. 

It is a time of year when the summer is winding down and autumn is at the doorstep. It is also the time of year when we are reminded of how the seasons are changing and the year is heading into its final months.

We have had a busy year so far and the next few months promise to be even busier! In recent weeks, we have had a visiting monk, a returning volunteer and several exoneree guests from four countries around the world and have enjoyed it all. Our Sunny Center family is growing and we are truly becoming international in our outreach, which is good since the need for work boundless.

And we want you to know that our readers and supporters are very integral to the Sunny Center mission of helping to heal those who have been wrongfully convicted and who have suffered the pain of incarceration, loss of freedom and separation from loved ones. Please, consider making a donation – large or small. We count on you, our friends and supporters, to make our work possible. It is now easier than ever to make a recurring donation and stay connected with us using the donate button at the top of our Facebook page here. Or, you can also simply click this link to be connected directly with PayPal. We are ever grateful for you belief in us and your support of our work. 


Liam’s interpreter Howard with Sunny and Peter at the market. 

We bid goodbye to our Taiwanese Exoneree guest LinXun “Liam” and his translator Howard, and we learned there is no language barrier to love and peace. It was an interesting learning experience, not only because of the language but because of the cultural differences. Deep and lasting connections were made. We now have an Exoneree brother in Taiwan and an ally and ambassador in our new friend Howard. 
Krissy and goat friend.

We also welcomed our second female Exoneree, Krissy, from America. She wasted no time getting adjusted and immediately fit in, as if she’d always been here. She enjoyed her time in Connemara and has made friends with all the furry and feathered members of the Sunny Center community. 

Brother Joseph Pio in meditation. 

We also had a visiting monk from Italy, Brother Joseph Pio, who visited the Sunny Center on his way to see the Pope in Phoenix Park in Dublin. He is part of a community in Sicily  that started the first initiative to end the death penalty in the 1500s


Our newest volunteer Victoria from the UK with Sunny and Peter

We also had the arrival of our newest volunteer, Victoria from the UK. She has been planning this visit for a while and we hope her stay is all that she has wished for.


Henrietta says hello.
The days are growing shorter and the evenings are cooler, but our feathered and furry friends are adjusting. All seem to be enjoying the last fine days of summer and the first days of fall.


This month, we have been busy planning the launch of our newest initiative, which will be unveiled in the coming months. It is very exciting and will enable us to further our work serving Exonerees in significant and meaningful new ways. Watch for announcements in the very near future!



Sunny and Peter feeling peace and happiness.

Last month we asked our readers,  “When do you feel most free?” It is fair to say that we feel free every moment of every day and we do truly appreciate it.
One of our readers said, “When I am at peace.” We couldn’t agree more! We are all about peace and love here at the Sunny Center. We think it is a true gift to feel peace and give love. It is what we hope to offer here at our little cottage in Connemara.
We hope you feel blessed and enriched to give and receive love and peace, wherever you are. And we hope, if you are so inclined, you might consider giving a donation, which would certainly give us peace of mind. Thank you!
Which brings me to this month’s question, “When do you feel most at peace?” Send your responses to and please indicate if you would like your response published. And please, dear readers, do stay in touch. We always welcome your kind thoughts and wishes. And of course, we are sending our most profound wishes for your happiness with an abundance of peace and love. 

Peace and Love, 
Sunny and Peter 

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