by Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications
As we flipped the calendar page from November to December, we not only started a new month but also a new era at Holy Family Residence.
On December 5, we welcomed a new mother superior to lead our Home. The new mother superior, who is no stranger to Scranton, is our very own Sister Theresa Louisa. Prior to her new assignment, Sister had been serving as Mother Maureen’s assistant and as the supervisor of our St. Anne’s Unit. After completing her six-year mission in Scranton, Mother Maureen has become the Mother Superior at our Home in Somerville, Mass., and Sister Theresa Louisa was asked to assume this role in Scranton. How lucky for us that we not only profited of Mother Maureen’s leadership, but will also benefit from the fine example she provided to Sister Theresa Louisa.
Upon Mother Provincial Margaret Regina’s arrival in Scranton to officially install Sister Theresa Louisa as Mother, we marked the occasion with a refreshment reception and the Holy Family Residence staff’s very own rendition of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The play, which was adapted by Anne Armezzani from the Dr. Seuss’ original, starred our husband and wife team of maintenance director, Bob Blaker, and our activities director, Lisa Blaker, in the lead roles of the Grinch and Cindy Lou. The supporting cast was composed of numerous staff members from various departments. Needless to say, the show was a big hit with our Residents, Sisters, Association Jeanne Jugan members, and the rest of our little family here at Holy Family Residence. The performances not only provided quite a bit of laughter and great joy for audience members as the cast ad-libbed and quipped some very funny lines, but also a poignant reminder of the true reason for the Christmas season – Jesus!
On December 25, our Home celebrated the birthday of our newborn King at Mass and reflected on His role in our lives and our salvation. Following the Mass, our Residents enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch and happily discussed the many events we hosted in our Home leading up to this special feast day including the St. Nicholas Children’s Party, the Marywood Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert, Family Night with Lessons and Carols, shopping, caroling, gift giving, and even baking Christmas cookies.
As you can see, December certainly was a busy month in our Home. But despite the hurried pace of getting ready for Christmas, we took many opportunities to enjoy the spiritual preparations of the Advent season so when Christmas Day arrived, we could embrace it and feel the deep joy it is meant to bring.
Until next year,