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Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now

  1. Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
  2. Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
  3. Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
  4. Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s expectations.
  5. Choose your True Self—your radical union with God—as often as possible throughout the day.
  6. Always seek to change yourself before trying to change others.
  7. Choose as much as possible to serve rather than be served.
  8. Whenever possible, seek the common good over your mere private good.
  9. Give preference to those who are in pain, excluded, or disabled in any way.
  10. Seek just systems and policies rather than mere charity for others.
  11. Never doubt that it is all about love in the end!

–Richard Rohr, “Immortal Diamond”

 

Spirituality and You is a contribution by Jennings’ Director of Mission and Ministry, Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND.

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1942 Dedication. Friends of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and supporters joined us for the dedication as Bishop James McFadden presided. #75years

1942 Dedication

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Celebrating History: Sister Philomena

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In honor of pitchers and catchers reporting, we remember our beloved Sister Philomena attending a Cleveland Indians game. She was a big fan, watching her team on television or listening to them on the radio. #75years
Sister Philomena, CSSp, attends a Cleveland Indians baseball game (2010). (c)Jennings

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Our history: intergenerational programs

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Visitors are sometimes surprised to see children at Jennings and find out that we established The Learning Circle infant and child care on the campus. The seed was planted decades ago when we realized how much joy children can bring. With a small daily preschool (as shown here) in the 90s, we began #intergenerational activities. [more…]

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Enjoying hobbies

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Monsignor Ivanko encourages a resident to pursue his hobby.
Since January is National Hobby Month, our history photo shows a resident pursuing his hobby with encouragement from Monsignor Michael Ivanko (at right), Director from 1948-1968. Since our inception, it has been important to us that individuals continue to pursue their passions and discover new interests. [more…]

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Regaining strength and celebrating abilities

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A consistent part of Jennings’ history has been helping individuals regain their strengths and celebrate their abilities. In this photo, Sister Mary Therese helps a resident with her therapy. #75years
(c) Jennings

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History milestone: Jennings celebrates anniversary of adding assisted living and adult day services

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2003 marked the dedication of a Jennings expansion: the addition of assisted living, adult day services and an on-site wellness center. It reflected our commitment to residential and community-based services. Jennings held a dedication ceremony to bless the new assisted living and adult day services. Bishop Anthony Pilla, surrounded by Jennings’ board members and management team, welcomed guests, [more…]

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Built with repurposed brick

Friday, January 6, 2017

 
An ideal story of repurposing. These bricks are from the second Jennings Hall building, erected after the first was destroyed by fire in 1946. They were originally from St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Cleveland, which underwent extensive reconstruction in the 1940s.
 
 

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Our namesake: Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings

Monday, January 2, 2017

Father Gilbert P. Jennings
Our namesake, Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, as a young man. Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, envisioned a safe, comfortable and affordable home for individuals who would not otherwise be able to provide for themselves. Through the monetary gift he designated in his will (our first planned gift!), Jennings Hall was established in [more…]

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Advent reflection: Transforming humanness into glory

Sunday, November 29, 2015

“On that day, the Lord will bind up the wounds of his people.” Isaiah 30:26
Christine is a beautiful woman, inside and out. She is as vital as fresh air or summer sun. She is successful, strong, sincere and faith-filled. But her heart is a fragile, hidden glass, ready to break at any moment, from a family member’s [more…]

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