Born in Clarkson, New York, Associate Bonnie Buongiorne’s special bond with horses led her to found Ray of Light Farm in 2000. Ray of Light serves as a special animal-assisted therapy center and large animal rescue farm in East Haddam, Connecticut. “I didn’t know what it was about horses; I simply knew that I felt good when I was in their presence,” Bonnie shares.
The idea for the farm came when Bonnie was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer at the age of 39. “I made a promise to the universe, that if I survived, I’d do something good with the rest of my life.” Bonnie’s connection to Medical Mission Sisters began when she was taught by our Sister Miriam Therese (MT) Winter while attending Hartford Seminary’s Women’s Leadership Institute in 2001. Bonnie lovingly reflects, “The day I learned of the MMS charism of healing presence, I bought the farm!”
An Associate member since 2004, Bonnie continues her work at the farm and is also a licensed massage therapist. She says, “I hope that my hands will be instruments of healing.”