In 1973, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus opened St. Cabrini Nursing Home to serve the elder population with quality services. Fifty years later, this ministry still thrives and has served thousands of elders in the skilled nursing facility and through other services to the community. To celebrate this milestone, the residents and staff came together for two special services: A prayer service on November 8th and the celebration of Mother Cabrini’s Feast Day on November 13th.
On November 8th, representatives from all 16 departments as well as the residents and volunteers were present in Cabrini’s chapel for a service of thanksgiving. Each department was asked to select a virtue that reflects what its purpose and mission are and to prepare a brief explanation to share. To begin the service, Fr. Ron Galt, Vice President of Pastoral Care and Mission gave a blessing which was followed by a scripture reading, song and presentation of each department’s virtue. The virtues were framed and a display was created that can now be seen in Cabrini’s lobby.
In closing the service, Patricia Krasnausky, President and CEO, talked about the virtue of perseverance and how Mother Cabrini persevered when she came to the United States when being told she was not needed. “Mother Cabrini may have felt defeated, but due to her perseverance, we are all here this afternoon in this chapel celebrating fifty years of caring for people. Thank you to all of you and to all who went before us for persevering in an excellent combination of qualities, so that the outcome is that Cabrini of Westchester remains standing here after fifty years as a shining golden tribute to Mother Cabrini.”
On November 13th, Cabrini of Westchester celebrated the Feast Day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini as well as the conclusion of the yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary which included both staff and residents. A Mass, with live music, took place in the Chapel and other planned activities took place throughout the day. The Missionary Sisters who are residents of the home gathered for a special meal. This meal was served to the all of the residents as well.
Later in the day, the Therapeutic Recreation Staff distributed ice cream to the residents as a treat in honor of the Feast. The staff was included in the celebration with the distribution of $10.00 gift certificates to Honda’s Cafe for each employee as well as raffle prizes.
Many thanks to all who participated in planning both of these celebrations and to all who have enabled Cabrini of Westchester to offer the very best services to elders for fifty wonderful years.