Over the past few months, we have been fortunate to develop some new, much needed ministries that we are excited to share with everyone and to fill with talented, dedicated volunteers.
Triest Hall is a licensed, 24-hour residential program for developmentally challenged adults between the ages of 38 and 78. The Brothers of Charity staff, operate and live in Triest Hall, creating a living community of support consisting of abled and disabled together.
Our new RMC position at Triest Hall is the Resident Companion. The Resident Companion will meet and cultivate relationships with the residents of Triest Hall and explore opportunities within the community for residents to engage in activities and socialize with peers.
Founded in 1995 by Sr. Kathryn Etchells, the Holy Redeemer Food Pantry serves over 600 families per month. It is a non-profit emergency food distribution center serving families along the I-95 corridor.
The Food Pantry Assistant will coordinate and organize food deliveries and donations, greet clients and assist with food pickup
Holy Redeemer Physician and Ambulatory Services provides health care services to the Greater Philadelphia Area.
The Registered Nurse will work closely with the Holy Redeemer Home Care Physician, accompanying the physician in home visits to homebound patients. (S)he will also participate in disease management programs and follow up with patients after hospital discharge.
The Care Coordinator will work with patients to reduce the risk of hospital re-admittance, advocate for patients and connect patients with support services.
The Community Health Worker will support patients and families who are not eligible for and cannot afford VNA services.
We are so excited to serve the community in new meaningful ministries!
Over the years, we have been blessed with many loving, dedicated teachers who have served in the early education classrooms at Drueding Center. In their year, or two, with us, these teachers have touched the lives of so many children!
Thank you for your dedication to educating and caring for the children at Drueding Center, and for bringing the mission of the Sisters to them. Thank you for late night lesson planning and pep talks. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your love.
We are grateful for you not just this week, but always!
It is Volunteer Appreciation Week, and we can’t say enough about how much we appreciate our RMC, Ashley. Ashley has stepped tremendously out of her comfort zone all in the name of service – she has come to a new city as the only RMC this year, to offer support and a caring presence to women and men facing a cancer diagnosis.
Thank you to Ashley, and to all of our former RMC’s who have given so much of themselves in service! Our volunteers have served as nurses, social workers, pastoral care visitors, hospice volunteers, companions to the vulnerable, health liaisons, patient care assistants and so much more. Thank you to our 125 volunteers over the past 34 years who have touched so many with your love, and we look forward to welcoming more volunteers!
“But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her.” – John 20:17-18
In today’s Gospel reading, Mary Magdalene is the first to encounter the Risen Jesus and is given the important task of informing the disciples that Jesus has risen. When I read this Gospel I am reminded of the important role that Mary Magdalene and many other women play in the Church.
I am so fortunate in my ministry and my home to be surrounded by faithful men and women who enlighten and inspire me! And after reading today’s Gospel, I reflect particularly on those inspiring women in my life:
Ashley, our RMC, who had the courage to say YES to a year of service and the unknown, giving fully of herself to others in a new ministry, a new city, a new community
Many of the senior Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, who never “retire” but instead evolve their ministries to support others in prayer and hospitality
The patients with whom Ashley works at the Southampton Women’s Health Center, who show such courage in the face of a difficult diagnosis
Petra, a former RMC and Postulant with the Sisters, who recently served as a panelist at the Voices of Faith Conference in Rome, which addresses the role of women in the Church
Thank you for sharing the Good News of our Risen Christ in your words and deeds!
On March 6, we welcomed a group of 9 people from Michigan State University for their Alternative Spring Break experience. During the week, the students learned about and carried out the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer and Redeemer Ministry Corps. Service sites include:
Drueding Center – a transitional housing program for women and children
S.P.I.N. – providing services and support to adults and children with intellectual, developmental and autism spectrum disabilities
Inglis House – a specialty nursing care facility providing long-term, residential care for adults with physical disabilities
Redeemer-Lafayette – an independent and skilled nursing facility for older adults
Cradles to Crayons – providing children ages 0 to 12 with the most important basics of life at no charge
On Thursday, a special dinner was held in honor of National Catholic Sisters Week. The students were able to discuss vocations with the Sisters over a “taste of Philly” dinner, which was followed up by a prayer service and evening of sharing.
We are so grateful that the students have shared their time and talents with us, and we wish them the best as they finish their semester at MSU!
Every year at the start of Lent, I consider what I am going to “give up.” Like many Catholics, I typically forego something as a form of fasting and as a means of growing closer to God.
In his recent message, Pope Francis has called us to perform works of mercy during Lent – particularly in this Year of Mercy. And so, while I am still “giving up” ice cream as my own personal form of fasting, I am also seeking to deepen my faith through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Lucklily, I am surrounded by faithful examples of how to carry out the Works of Mercy:
3 Sisters of the Holy Redeemer and a Postulant with the Sisters carried out the Works of Mercy through their ministry with asylum seekers at the Sisters’ Motherhouse in Germany. These women put aside all other obligations to answer the call to attend to the needs of our guests at the Motherhouse.
Ashley often visits the sick and comforts those afflicted with a cancer diagnosis in her ministry with the Women’s Health Center. She tends to their physical needs – working to ensure patients are comfortable, as well as their emotional and spiritual needs.Ashley also showed me selflessness this week when she dropped everything to help watch my son for a few hours so that I could visit a family member in the hospital.
At last week’s meeting for Philadelphia-area volunteer program directors, I was inspired by the selflessness of these program directors who counsel and comfort their volunteers and often join their volunteers in serving the guests/clients/patients in their ministries. Even while on vacation, these program directors make themselves available to answer the needs of their volunteers and offer support in whatever way they can.
In just a few weeks we will be joined by students from Michigan State University who are using their spring break to perform the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy for the individuals at our service sites.
As Pope Francis states, “These works remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit…” I am grateful to these women and men who have shown me the beauty of the Works of Mercy, and pray that you can also be inspired by their selfless love.
Learn more about the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, their ministries and their vocation stories, while getting a glimpse of community life.
We invite women and men, ages 18-25, who are interested in learning more about the Sisters and about community life to join us for a supper and prayer service.
Thursday, March 10th
Dinner at 5:45 pm, with a prayer service immediately following
At the Province Center of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer
1600 Huntingdon Pike, Meadowbrook, PA 19046
This event is hosted by the Redeemer Ministry Corps program, in honor of National Catholic Sisters Week. We will be joined by students from Michigan State University who are with us for their Alternative Spring Break.
To RSVP for this event, please contact the Redeemer Ministry Corps office at 215-914-4116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.