Some of them were teachers and nurses. Others were librarians and administrators. All of them committed themselves to God.
On Thursday June 14, 2012, St. Cabrini Nursing Home’s Chapel was filled with song during a moving prayer service held in celebration of religious life and in thanksgiving for the more than 2,315 collective years of service of the thirty-seven religious who call St. Cabrini Nursing Home, “home.”
“It is an honor to have members of thirteen different religious communities residing at St. Cabrini,” said Barbara Gaughan, Administrator and Vice President of Operations of Cabrini of Westchester. “You touch our lives every day, but, when I reflect on the number of years of service - 2,315 - I can only imagine the number of people that each of you have touched over those years.”
In the presence of Cabrini of Westchester’s administration, staff and members of their religious communities, the thirty-seven religious sisters, brothers and one priest representing thirteen religious communities renewed their vows along with other members of their communities. Following the renewal of their vows, the religious who reside at St. Cabrini Nursing Home were presented with a certificate recognizing their years of service to the Church. The majority of these men and women religious were each celebrating more than 65 years of service including three Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, each of whom is celebrating her 79th anniversary of religious life.
The prayer service, attended by over 80 guests representing various religious communities, was the result of more than two months of planning by Cabrini
staff and members of the thirteen religious orders who reside at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, including: Capuchin Franciscan Friars, Congregation of Christian Brothers, Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, Franciscan Sisters of Peace, Little Sisters of the Assumption, Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Religious of Jesus and Mary, Sisters of Mary Reparatrix, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Sisters of the Divine Compassion, Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great and Ursuline Sisters.
Sr. Catherine Cleary, PBVM and Sr. Rosamond Blanchet, RSHM, Co-Vicars for Religious of the Archdiocese of New York, were also among those present. Sr. Catherine Cleary gave thanks to the religious residents of St. Cabrini Nursing Home in her closing remarks: “For creating such a rich heritage for the Archdiocese of New York and for your passion for religious life and the mission of Jesus, you have left a great legacy to this generation of men and women religious. In the name of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Sr. Rosamond and myself, we thank you and, for those celebrating any anniversary, we rejoice with you.”
The festivities continued with an outdoor reception on the scenic grounds of Cabrini of Westchester featuring the tranquil music of professional pianist, Bob Geier. The atmosphere was filled joy as men and women religious reconnected with old friends and reminisced about their shared missions, ministries and days of old while visiting with their community members in this special, beautiful place they now call “home.”