Lutheran Senior Services held a transformation ceremony to officially welcome Sisters of the Immaculate Heart Community to Mason Pointe Care Center in west county St. Louis. The joyful event was held January 16, 2019.
Sisters and Mission Partners from the Province Center attended the ceremony, along with senior staff from Mason Pointe and Lutheran Senior Services, Sisters from the Immaculate Heart Community and their caretakers, helpers who assisted them in making the transition from the convent in Normandy to Mason Pointe, and former staff at Immaculate Heart. The Sisters have made many new friends since moving to Mason Pointe on December 10 and 11, 2018. Several of their new pals also attended the transformation ceremony. It was a celebration in the truest sense.
The ceremony began with a formal welcome from the Executive Director of Mason Pointe, Drew Redman, followed by a prayer from Terry Quick, Mason Pointe’s Chaplain. Mason Pointe’s Nurse Manager Amanda David read Colossians 3:15-17.
Local Leader of the Immaculate Heart Community Sister Pauline Bilbrough then read the 23rd Psalm. Monsigneur Nicholas Schneider followed with a reading of Matthew 18:10-14. President and CEO of Lutheran Senior Services John Kotovsky and Sr. Madeleine Munday, Province Leader for Mid-North America, shared their reflections on the transformative move from Immaculate Heart to Mason Pointe.
Communities coming together
Sister Madeleine said, “Sisters of Good Shepherd are so happy and grateful to be here today celebrating our communities coming together. Our hearts resonate with the values of Lutheran Senior Services: Faith-inspired, People First, Service Excellence, Responsible Stewardship, Generous Hearts. We hear these values echoed in our own values of Mercy, Individual Worth, Reconciliation and Zeal.”
Sr. Madeleine ended her talk by saying, “Today’s transformation ceremony represents wonder, and we look toward many years of living with the Mason Pointe Community.”
A servant’s heart
John Kotovsky lauded the Sisters for their lifetime of service to others. He addressed the Sisters and said, “Today is about honoring you. All of you Good Shepherd Sisters have a servant’s heart. You were called to a holy order to serve God. And that has no retirement date. You will be blessing us as you continue to love and serve others. We are truly blessed by you. You bring joy to the entire Mason Pointe family.”
The Sisters were humbled by John’s words of praise and the attention that was paid to them at the ceremony. Sr. Dorothy Renckens said in response to the fuss being made over them, “We have just done what God has asked us to do.”
Chaplain Terry closed the transformation ceremony with a prayer and blessing. Cake, fellowship and a tour of the Sisters’ residence completed the event.