BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A New York nun who gave her jewelry to a relative when she joined the convent 25 years ago said she was shocked to hear one of her rings was found in a park.
Sister Brenda Whelan, director of pastoral care at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, said she gave her 1985 D'Youville College class ring to her niece when she became a nun.
Sister Whelan said the Niagara Frontier Relic Hunters Club contacted her recently to say the ring had been found at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, The Buffalo News reported Monday.
The nun said she was shocked by the news. She said she believes the ring may have been lost by a daughter of her niece while on a swimming trip to the park four or five years ago.
Michael Kasprzyk, who found the ring while searching the beach with a metal detector Oct. 27, said his wife, Michelle, performed the detective work to track down Whelan.
"I've found quite a few rings over the years," he said. "I felt that I already have found plenty of treasures to add to my collection, and I wanted to give back, too."
The ring was presented to Sister Whelan at a ceremony Sunday.
"Now I think I'm keeping it for a while," she said. "D'Youville was an amazing time for me. I got my education there, and it's where I began my teaching career. It's a special piece to get back. I'm really, really grateful they took the time to bring it back."