Associate Nancy Bick Clark and her husband, Frank, used their musical talents to entertain neighbors on St. Patrick’s Day. While staying at home, and practicing social distancing, the couple brought their instruments to their porch to perform for anyone walking by. After 10 minutes, neighbors stopped to listen and have their spirits lifted. The song performed, “The Birthday Party,” is a jig Nancy wrote 25 years ago in honor of their friend.
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Throughout the past few weeks, we have heard the stories of communities, organizations and individuals coming together to support each another amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Employees, Sisters and volunteers of Mother Margaret Hall (MMH) are embracing that spirit to keep MMH staff members safe and healthy. With the help of a mobile sewing machine, a handy seamstress, fabric, a pattern, a cutter and willing hands, nursing and non-nursing staff are now serving our Sisters wearing colorful cloth masks. The smiles may be hidden, but each continues to speak their care and skill with their eyes. With special thanks to Nancy Witschinger, MMH activity coordinator, Sister residents, employees, volunteers and even nurse retirees, all in MMH now have the masks needed to continue ministering to our Sister residents in these uncharted days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their masks speak of love.
Sisters of Charity and employees came together on Tuesday, March 10 to celebrate Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14). Human Resources and the SC Communications Office collaborated to plan the afternoon celebration, which included root beer floats and a friendly quiz about the history of the Sisters of Charity. In addition, hearts were distributed throughout the Motherhouse for employees to write special notes to the Sisters.
Company of Charity Formation Personnel (CCFP) met in New York this week to continue to deepen our connection as Federation members and discuss ways in which we can share formation programs and discernment materials as well as develop common experiences. The CCFP includes Sisters Formation personnel and Associate leaders.
St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, dedicated a memorial garden on its campus in honor of Servant of God S. Blandina Segale. The high school shares the campus with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s administrative center; S. Blandina ministered to the people of the Archdiocese for many years, where she came to be known in every level of society from members of the state legislature to the indigent. Sisters and Associates in the area, SC president S. Patricia Hayden, as well as past and present board members of St. Joseph’s Children, were in attendance.