Felician Children’s Center recently surprised SM Victoria Richardson as she moves on from her beloved time as Mission Leader there! SM Victoria, in a letter penned to the entire team, stated, “I have been on a beautiful journey for seven years, since we opened Felician Children’s Center in 2015. I have been blessed to meet and get to know many families who have used Felician Children’s Center for their trusted childcare. I have watched with great awe and appreciation the loving exchanges I witness when you pick up your child or the child you are caring for.”
At the joyful celebration of her time at FCC, SM Victoria led the staff and children in a chorus of the Felician Core Values for Ministry song.
SM Victoria will begin working with postulants entering religious life. We wish her well.
OLSH joyfully opened its chapel, doors, and campus to children from all over the area to participate in summer camps. One of the most popular camps that sold out quickly was Creator Camp! This camp invited children to encounter God through art, music, and creation. Children journeyed through the story of Creation with different art projects, activities, outdoor play, and prayer. Children also got to visit the beautiful chapel and learn more about the altar and the Eucharistic in ways developmentally appropriate for them. OLSH hopes these students will return as future Chargers!
Opening for the Fall 2022 semester, Villa Maria College welcomes students to the completely redeveloped and enhanced dining hall and commons area. The redevelopment was made possible by a major donation from local restauranteur, civic leader and philanthropist, Russell J. Salvatore. The $1 million capital improvement project is called The Russell J. Salvatore Commons.
“When the first students entered the redeveloped Commons, I realized we did more than renovate the dining hall, we created a centerpiece for our campus,” said Dr. Matthew Giordano, president, Villa Maria College. “We join together to thank Mr. Salvatore for turning our 61-year-old dining hall into what is now the heart of our campus. I am proud of what we were able to accomplish together for our students.”
“Seeing tangible impact in people’s lives is why I love giving. When I saw students enjoying the space for the first time, I knew we did something right. I’m thrilled to have made possible a space for the students to learn and gather,” said Russell J. Salvatore. “I’ve always said that when I die, I hope to have nothing left, to have given it all away. This community is my home and making it better is my passion. I’m proud to support Villa Maria.”
The former iteration of the dining hall was designed and built in 1961 and is original to the College. The impact of Mr. Salvatore’s contribution is felt beyond physical updates, it provides a modern and innovative space for students. The Russell J. Salvatore Commons was designed to be warm and welcoming for all students, faculty, and staff.
Sourced directly from the Villa Maria College website.
Recently, St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehab Center paused to say goodbye to and offer thanks for Sr. Stephanie Henry, SBS, for her many years of faithful service at St. Ignatius. Residents and staff gathered to thank Sister and share some ice cream and cake. Sr. Stephanie was recently elected President of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament ~ the congregation to which she belongs.
We all wish Sr. Stephanie well, and Deo Gratias for her service!
Hopebound – Felician Wellness Program Gets Ready for What’s NExT
NExT is recruiting fall recruits!
NExT is a six-week adult wellness program comprised of education, exercise and individualized training and support that has changed hundreds of lives. The program helps people lovingly care for the body and enables them to lead fuller, more joyful lives.
Hopebound-Felician Wellness Program collaborates with community partners – SSM Health, the Centralia Recreation Complex, and the YMCA of Jefferson County to make these services accessible and affordable to anyone who would benefit. The NExT Program is open to people age 14 and up. NExT provides people with compassionate care and just relationships as they work to improve their overall health and mental well-being.