Little Sisters of the Poor to Leave Holy Family Residence

Little Sisters of the Poor have announced with sadness, that they will be withdrawing from the Holy Family Residence. Prior to the public announcement, the Sisters met with the residents, their families, lay associates, staff and volunteers sharing their decision.

The Little Sisters have served in the Diocese of Scranton continuously since 1908 when they began their ministry at the Maloney Home, the first Catholic Home dedicated to the care of the elderly poor of Scranton. In September, 1976, Holy Family Residence, built on the same property, replaced the Maloney Home.

In making the announcement, Mother Alice Marie, the Little Sisters’ provincial superior, explained: “As part of a strategic plan aimed at strengthening our ministry and bolstering the quality of our religious and community life, we Little Sisters of the Poor have recognized the need to withdraw from a certain number of homes in the United States, while at the same time dedicating our resources to much needed upgrades and reconstruction projects in several others.”

The Little Sisters of the Poor are actively seeking a buyer for the Home with the hope of finding another mission-driven sponsor.  They announced that they will provide periodic updates as the transition process proceeds.

In letters to the Residents and their family members, Mother Theresa Louisa, Superior of Holy Family Residence, also offered the Residents the possibility of moving to another Home sponsored by the Little Sister of the Poor. “Know that if you wish to go to any of our other Homes so that you can continue to be part of the Little Sisters’ family, you will be welcomed with open arms.”

Mother Alice Marie concluded the announcement by thanking all those who have supported Holy Family Residence and the Little Sisters of the Poor for so many years. In a special way she thanked the Diocese of Scranton for its leadership in promoting and supporting the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor for the last 110 years.  She assured everyone of the Sisters’ prayers and support throughout the transition period.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera issued the following statement regarding the decision of the Little Sisters of the Poor to withdraw from Holy Family Residence:

“For more than 100 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have provided compassionate, loving care to countless numbers of elderly and infirmed residents from throughout the Diocese of Scranton.

Although Holy Family Residence is not a Diocesan facility, the Little Sisters have tirelessly fulfilled the mission of the Church by providing for those in need of their care with a particular commitment to serving the poor in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and love.

While there is sadness that the Sisters will no longer be able to continue their ministry in the Diocese of Scranton, we give thanks for their witness and dedicated service to the people of our region.”

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Little Sisters’ St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to be Held March 11th

Little Sisters dinner committee

The Little Sisters of the Poor are kicking off St. Patrick’s Day in the city of Scranton at their fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner on Sunday, March 11, at Holy Family Residence,  located adjacent to Marywood University. The event will begin with Mass at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe processional and recessional in the chapel followed by the dinner and entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. in the auditorium.

The menu includes ham and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, rolls and butter, vanilla ice cream with mint or chocolate syrup and beverages. The entertainment for the afternoon includes D.J. Dr. Dragon and Irish step dancing by the Crossmolina School of Dance.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065, online or at the residence. They will also be available at the door.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There will also be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as a 50/50 raffle.

There will be plenty of free and convenient parking in the residence’s parking lot or via a handicap accessible van providing shuttle service from the Marywood University parking lot on the corner of Adams and University Avenues to the dinner.

The Little Sisters also have numerous dinner sponsorship packages available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses as well as a way to honor or remember someone you love.

For advance ticket purchases and sponsorship information, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

All proceeds will be used to purchase beds for the residents at Holy Family Residence.

Committee members are shown in photo above. Seated from left: Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications; Nancy Wilson, and Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Scranton community.

Back row, same order: Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.; Mary Sheils; Carole Paswinski, and Mary Carol and Pete Kanton.

Also serving on the committee are Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator; Charlie Butler; Karen Caruso, development assistant; Theresa Durkin; Faith Foley, Ann Kwak, Mary Jane Sheridan, Janet Skibinski and Lisa Sutter.

 

$2,200 Raised at Annual Card Party

Cards for Charity 2017

Cards for Charity recently raised $2,200 for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence. The successful fundraiser took place at the organization’s annual card party at the Elmhurst Country Club. The fundraising party included a luncheon followed by an afternoon of bridge, mahjong, pinochle, and dominos. The Little Sisters also sold their famous scones and cookies.

Pictured presenting the check to Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Scranton community are seated from left: Rosemarie Martin; Betty May, co-chairwoman; Mother Theresa Louisa; Barbara Whitford, co-chairwoman, and Maureen Pesavento, event secretary and treasurer.

Standing: Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.; Rose Baas; Joyce Tressler; Marianne Ferrario; Joan Hrycow, and Liz Yurkovic.

Also serving on the committee was Mary Ann O’Boyle; Mary Lynn Sciaccia; and Mary Ann Hazzouri.

Little Sisters of the Poor to Host Annual Roast Beef Dinner

Little Sisters - Roast Beef Photo

The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their annual autumn roast beef dinner from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the auditorium of Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., located adjacent to Marywood University. All proceeds will be used to update electronic management systems to provide continuous and integrated quality care for the residents of Holy Family Residence.

The dinner, which will be catered courtesy of Stirna’s Restaurant, includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, rolls and butter, assorted pies and beverages. Takeouts will be available too. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065, online at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org or at the residence. They also will be available at the door.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There also will be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as a 50/50 raffle.

The Little Sisters also have numerous dinner sponsorship packages available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses as well as a way to honor or remember a loved one.

For advance ticket purchases and sponsorship information, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

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Committee members planning a roast beef dinner to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor on Oct. 15 include, seated from left: Theresa Durkin, Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., and Cathy Lavelle.

Standing: Janet Skibinski, Carole Paswinski, Karen Caruso, development assistant; Nancy Wilson, Joyce Tressler, MaryCarol Kanton, and Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications.

Also serving on the committee are Charlie Butler, Marlene Deily, Faith Foley, Cathy Gavin, Pete Kanton, Ann Kwak, Patrick O’Malley, head chef and kitchen supervisor; Anne Ruddy, Mary Sheils, Mary Jane Sheridan, David Tressle, Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator, and Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.