Once again during the Lenten Season, Cabrini of Westchester held its semi-annual food drive to benefit families, seniors, veterans and the new immigrant population in the Dobbs Ferry area. Staff and visitors dropped off canned and non-perishable items in the donation bin placed in Cabrini’s lobby. Cash donations were also received and all proceeds from the collection were recently delivered to the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry at South Presbyterian Church.
Archives for April 2015
The Cabrini Closet, NYC is Now Accepting Donations
Thanks to the hard work of the boys from St. Raymond’s High School, the Cabrini Closet NYC is now able to accept donations! CMC Missioner Melanie will be in the Cabrini Closet this Friday, May 1st from 2-6 pm to accept fashionable clothing, accessories, and gift cards. If you’re in the area, please feel free to stop by and get an advance look at this wonderful new ministry for survivors of human trafficking!
If you wish to make a donation but cannot make this date and time, please contact Melanie at 732-322-2956 or CabriniAandA@aol.com to schedule another time.
Cabrini Closet, NYC, 220 E 19th St, Lower Level, New York, NY 10003
Cabrini College lays claim to a beautiful campus forested with trees both young and old, a bustling wildlife presence, and students who call these grounds home. On Friday, April 17th, The Wolfington Center sponsored a conference to engage concerned citizens in the practice of entering into a healthy relationship with that natural world which men and women everywhere call home. Dr. John Burke, Cabrini College Professor of Religious Studies, organized the day-long event with a series of speakers, presenters, and dialogue amongst community members.
More than fifty attendees were treated to a thought-provoking piece by Dr. Burke to begin the day. The conversation concentrated on the relationship between the Catholic faith and environmental issues in our modern world. He reviewed the different themes of Catholic engagement with these issues ranging from the work of Cardinal Turkson to different encyclicals that display the varying facets of how the Church has mostly been on the stewardship and anthropocentric side of the environmental relationship. Dr. Burke then projected the steps which these people of faith ought to take in order for the concept of “green discipleship” to become genuine practice. His challenge to the Catholic Church was to view Catholic Social Teaching through an environmental lens as inhabitants in relationship with the natural world around it, rather than in a dominating relationship over the world.
Catholic perspectives were not the only ones heard throughout the day. Renowned Rabbi Arthur Waskow sparked the room with dialogue about the earth-oriented theology of Hebrew Scriptures. Rabbi Waskow spoke of how we need to change what we name ideas, both the idea of global warming and how we understand the name of God. Rabbi Waskow suggests that we start saying that we are scorching the earth, and recommends we start using the term global scorching in order to get across the extremity of the situation. He then exhorted us to think of the name of God as the breath of life, the breath that all living things breathe and that we all breathe reciprocally from each organism to the next: the trees breathe in what we breathe out, and we breathe in what the trees breathe out. Reconsidering our understanding of the name of God, will make us reconsider our relationship to our breath, and thus what we put out into the world to breathe.
Continuing with the theme of applying green practices to all aspects of our world, the conference broke into small groups with three presentations. Dr. Carrie Nielsen, Cabrini College associate professor of Biology, shared the science of climate change is making people around the world sick. Global warming (or scorching if we abide by Rabbi Waskows suggestion) often is associated with nature and the harm we are doing to nature, or the ice caps, or the polar bears at the ice caps. However, Dr. Nielsen shows that global warming has killed, and will continue to kill people until something is done. Dr. Nielsen also gave groups time to reflect and come up with ideas to help change our stereotypical understanding of global warming to add a human element.
Chuck Marshall, joining from Central Baptist Church, led his group through the history of his church becoming a carbon neutral building and institution, the processes they went through to get to that level, and suggestions of what they could do further, and what other buildings and institutes could do in order to get to neutral emissions.
Finally, as a continuation of his larger presentation, Rabbi Arthur Waskow spoke about the application of Hebrew Scriptures in today’s ecological world, and specifically how we can allocate our money responsibly, in order to help maintain a more ecologically friendly world.
Through interfaith dialogue and a shared passion to embody genuine care for God’s creation, this gathering offered a deepened the sense of responsibility for this beautiful campus which so many people call home. This small gathering for Cabrini College is one big step forward to educating the hearts of the world around it. For as St. Francis of Assisi says, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
The Cabrini family knows no boundaries, and the Cabrini Mission Corps has long embodied this beautiful characteristic of our community. On the evening of Friday, April 17th, the Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College came alive with the energy of current and former missioners, board members, family, and friends in celebration. In reflecting upon her experience with the young men and women who have served alongside the Missionary Sisters, Sr. Diane Olmstead, MSC, beautifully captured what the gathering was meant to recognize in the Cabrini Mission Corps: relationship.
As current missioners Ashley Block, Martin Garcia, Matt Kaehler, and Connor White each offered a moment of reflection on their experiences with Cabrini Mission Corps, it was clear that Sr. Diane had hit the nail on the head.
“Cabrini College challenges us to do something extraordinary, but Cabrini Mission Corps challenges us to be something extraordinary,” shared Martin Garcia. Cabrini Mission Corps, for those currently or formerly involved with the program, has served as an extraordinary source of love for the world around it. As Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, MSC, phrases it, these young men and women, “bloom where they are planted.” The beautiful presence of relationship continues to blossom wherever missioners find themselves planted.
An enormous credit for the evening must be handed to our beloved director, Gina Scarpello, whose guidance has seen to the growth and presence of Cabrini Mission Corps for years. Throughout the evening, a slideshow displaying photos of former and current missioners all over the world played as a backdrop to the festivities. Each smiling face in these photos served as testament to the life and love, which Gina has infused into the Cabrini Mission Corps.
Another huge thank you is to be directed towards the people who supported the mission through the event. Proceeds from the evening will go to support future missioners in their endeavors to be bearers of the love of Christ in the world.
As Friday evening showed, the Cabrini family knows no boundaries for the love that it cultivates. Music, food, and drink were accompanied by conversation and laughter, but one thing stole the evening more so than any of those: relationship.
The Message of Pope Francis for the 52st World Day of Prayer for Vocations was released this week. This commemoration is traditionally the fourth Sunday of Easter and will be celebrated this year on April 26.
You can read the Holy Father’s Message at https://nrvc.net/256/article/message-of-pope-francis-for-the-52nd-world-day-of-prayer-for-vocations-7482
Ten years ago, faculty and administrators at Villanova University and Cabrini College realized that introducing college students to the real world lives of people around the world would help to shape them into engaged and caring citizens.
[Coincidentally,] Catholic Relief Services (CRS) came to the conclusion that in order to engage young people in the United States, working through
universities would be the best way [in which to achieve this goal.]
With this realization, the two groups began to help each other.
CRS works to lessen suffering and help those who are in need in over 100 countries around the world.
On campus, CRS student ambassadors work to raise awareness and involvement for a variety of global humanitarian issues that impact the less fortunate all around the world.
On Tuesday, April 14th, Cabrini College celebrated ten years of a partnership with CRS. At the campus celebration Cabrini President Dr. Donald Taylor and CRS Executive Vice President Joan Rosenhauer signed a partnership for the next ten years. Through the partnership, Cabrini College assisted CRS with its national and global curriculum and Cabrini College became the 17th college (nationwide) to receive Fair Trade status. Students were also given the chance to lobby and advocate on over 500 lobbying visits.
“It’s a profound privilege to have been here since the beginning of our partnership,” said Maureen McCullough, regional CRS director of Northeast Mid-Atlantic. “Throughout the ten years, it is amazing to see the impact not only on Cabrini and CRS, but on the people that we seek to serve around the globe.”
Officially proclaiming the upcoming jubilee year of mercy, Pope Francis has powerfully called on the entire Catholic Church to refashion itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation but of pardon and merciful love.
Writing in an extensive document convoking the year, which will begin on December 8th, the pontiff states that the church’s credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.”
“Perhaps we have long since forgotten how to show and live the way of mercy,” writes Francis in the document, released Saturday evening with the Latin title Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”).
“The temptation…to focus exclusively onjustice made us forget that this is only the first, albeit necessary and indispensible step,” the pope continues.
“It’s time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sisters,” writes the pontiff. “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.”
Pope Francis also notes that December 8th will mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council and says: “The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive.”
The jubilee, which is to be called the Holy Year of Mercy, beginning December 8th on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will close on November 20, 2016, the day celebrated as Christ the King.
Explaining his reasons for calling the mercy jubilee with a 9,500-word document, the pontiff firmly identifies mercy as the central function of the church and the key aspect of Jesus’ ministry and work. Francis also says mercy is a key attribute of God’s actions towards human beings and that our own exercise of pardon will determine how we will eventually be judged.
“In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us,” he continues. “Pardoning offenses become the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.”
Among other special initiatives for the holy year, Francis also announced that during the 2016 season of Lent he will be asking some priests to serve as special “Missionaries of Mercy”.
He will ask those priests to go around the world to hear confessions and that he will grant them “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved for the Holy See.”
Mentioning the fifth beatitude – “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” Pope Francis states that is the beatitude “to which we should particularly aspire in this Holy Year.”
“The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us,” writes Francis. “He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and wants to see us happy, full of joy and peaceful.”
“This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel,” he continues. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other.”
~ excerpts from the National Catholic Reporter
Human Exploitation: Ending the Demand
Learn about the connection between the demand for pornography and human trafficking.
Attend this insightful workshop at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA.
Saturday, April 11th 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Widener Lecture Hall
Dr. Mary Ane Layden and James Tarring Cordrey
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cabrini College community bestowed the Ivy Young Willis and Martha Willis Dale Award upon Gloria Richardson, a civil rights pioneer. The award was inaugurated in 1992 through the generosity of William G. Willis, to honor his late wife. Ivy Young Willis was a teacher, administrator and reading consultant whose work at WQED in Pittsburgh led the way for the teaching of reading on public television.
The title of the award was amended to honor the impact of and memory of Martha Dale, William and Ivy’s daughter, and her time at Cabrini College. Martha passed away in 2012.
The award is presented annually to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of public affairs. This is the first time a civil rights leader has been so recognized.
This year’s honoree, Gloria Richardson is best known as the leader of the Cambridge Movement, a local human rights struggle in Maryland’s Eastern Shore town of Cambridge during the early 1960s. Under Richardson’s leadership, the Cambridge Movement established the goal of overthrowing Cambridge’s racial caste system that included inadequate living wages, poor housing, and lack of healthcare. The Cambridge Movement utilized the tactics of passive resistance and armed self-defense to achieve these goals. Importantly, the social justice focus of the Cambridge Movement signalled the beginning of the Black Power phase of the modern Black liberation struggle.
Ms. Richardson was born in Baltimore in May 1922 and went on to earn a B.A. in Sociology in 1942 at Howard University, an historically black institution in Washington, D. C.
The Ivy Young Willis and Martha Willis Dale Award honors the belief that women have a unique talent for improving the climate and conduct of public affairs.
In 2012, new branding was introduced across the organization. The rebranding was reflected in Cabrini’s stationery, online presence, vehicle fleet and signage. The new look presented Cabrini as a healthcare facility with a strong heritage and a progressive nature. To complete implementation of the new brand across all facets of our organization, Cabrini staff will soon wear the same distinctive and unifying new brand integrated into their uniforms.
Natalie Sullivan, Executive Director of Continuing Care and Brighton (who has executive responsibility for patient experience), has been a member of the uniform steering committee since its inception and says the change is a successful and positive one for the organisation. Importantly, the new staff uniforms respond to feedback from staff, patients and their families.
Reason for the change
“Our research shows that patients and their families want to know who is looking after them,” says Natalie. “These new uniforms will help people to identify the role of the person providing care. “Each nurse, allied health professional, allied health assistant, diagnostic and patient services staff member will wear a distinctive uniform that identifies their role, supports them practically in the work they do, is easy to wear, care for and recognize.”
Input for the new staff uniforms was gathered during staff focus groups and discussions. Community members were consulted through Cabrini’s peak body for consumer involvement, the Patient, Resident and Family Experience Advisory Committee known as PEAC.
Natalie says she is grateful to all the staff who have provided input. “While not everyone will necessarily love every piece of the new uniforms, we have taken a lot of time with the change, seeking input and modifying the range in response to staff feedback.”
Looks, comfort and practicality
The main point of differentiation in the uniforms is the tops staff will wear. Our nurses will wear a red shirt featuring a dense pattern made up of the Cabrini ‘C’ symbol designed by Jock Mitchell of Manifesto Works. Allied health professionals will wear shirts sporting a yarn-dyed check in Cabrini colours. Diagnostic practitioners will wear shirts featuring a small grey check. Ward assistants and patient services assistants will wear a shirt that has a fine red stripe. Patient services and administrative staff will wear a printed blouse featuring a print showing elements of the Cabrini logo. All will choose from the same range of skirts, pants and shorts in a charcoal fabric designed exclusively for Cabrini. While unquestionably charcoal in effect, the fabric is a subtle blend of black and silver, to give it a slight lift and sense of class.
Perhaps more importantly, the fabrics used in the new staff uniforms are easy-care and designed to be fit-for-purpose. For example, a ward nurse in their daily activities may need to stretch, bend and shower patients. To support these tasks, the nursing shirts have extra deep action backs, are slightly longer in the body than before and sport a concealed modesty button. The fabric has a mechanical stretch and wicking feature to draw moisture away from the skin and dry quickly. Such role-specific modifications were based on feedback at staff focus groups and will ensure that the uniform items are not simply attractive, but will perform at an optimal level in the rigors of a work day.
The fabric for the pants and skirts has the feel of fine wool. The same cloth is used in the jackets worn by administrative staff and nurse managers. Optional pieces including a red cardigan with charcoal piping, or a new Cabrini tie are also on offer for specific working groups.
Cabrini is part of the communities in which our hospitals and healthcare facilities lie, so our uniform, colours and logo are familiar. It will take a little time before the new look is instantly as distinctly Cabrini but information will readily available to patients, residents and their families, explaining what each uniform means, and before long, our new uniforms will once again blend into local life.