A Message of Gratitude from Sr. Rosemary

Dear Staff:

Each of you is in my thoughts and prayers today as we draw to a close a most momentous week. It is not often that we live through a day that we will always remember, and this past week brought us two days that we will never forget.

First, on behalf of all of us at Misericordia, thank you for the extraordinary success of yesterday, a day like no other as we accomplished something never before attempted in Misericordia’s history. What a day to remember as hundreds of our residents and staff members received the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. I am personally grateful for the vital role you played, stepping up to the challenge to make the day run efficiently and safely. Most of all, your kindness and comforting care put each resident at ease. You were there in place of their family member or guardian, accompanying them through receiving their vaccine – and witnessing the beginning of the end of this very difficult time as we worked tirelessly to keep everyone at Misericordia safe and healthy.

Yesterday was a day of great anticipation both for our families and our staff who received the vaccine. For me, it will be a day I will always remember with gratitude for the generous compassion within each of you who helped make it such a success.

Yet in light of this joy-filled, hopeful day, we are all collectively grieving over the dangerous times in which we live. The images and news reports from our nation’s Capital were most disturbing to all of us. There is no place – ever – for such destructive and violent actions in the name of freedom.

For many of us, it is very emotional to watch these unsettling events unfold that threaten not only our democracy but, on a very personal level, threaten our belief in justice and peace, truth and equity. Please know that as we begin to acknowledge the different responses from security forces in handling groups of demonstrators and the many unanswered questions about racial injustice, Misericordia is committed to honoring diversity and inclusion – and to treating each of us as a child of God regardless of race, religious beliefs and abilities.

May we draw strength and hope from one another as we move into this New Year. I give special thanks to God for our staff – your love, compassion, empathy and kindness.

God bless you,

Sister Rosemary