Mission and Ministry Matters: Core Values

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Jennings recently revealed its new mission statement: “Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings celebrates and nurtures individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.” This month Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND considers the five core values that support our mission statement.

In fulfilling our mission, we commit ourselves to these values: Respect, Compassion, Community, Discovery of Potential, Celebration of Life. One value was changed in that list from the five that had been in place since 1998. Did you notice it? Compassion took the place of Hospitality.

The value of Compassion was suggested by many of the 215 people who took part in the mission and values focus groups. It encompasses hospitality, yet is deeper and broader. Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” It conveys a consciousness of the suffering of others and a desire to alleviate it. Compassion is empathy in action, and is a Gospel value demonstrated by Jesus in his dealings with the sick, the sorrowing, the poor, and the sinner.

Our five core values build on each other. Respect is the foundation of any relationship: to treat the other as they would want to be treated. That leads to Compassion: to reach out to the suffering with care and love. That builds Community: to form a group, a network, a team, a family who are united with a common purpose. We can then Discover the Potential in each person, recognizing their gifts and abilities and encouraging them to develop and use them. All those values combined enable us to Celebrate Life in all its stages: the positive and negative, the joyful and the challenging.

Our mission statement and core values are simply the words we use to express the intangible qualities that make Jennings the special organization it is. No single statement can capture or embody those qualities completely. The important thing is that those qualities continue to grow and develop as Jennings does. And the only way for that to happen is for us to live them in our relationships and work each day.



Sister Patricia Raelene is blessing the hands of nurses for National Nurses Week. American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses like you who lead the charge for health and wellness.


May rest find you,
In the peaceful moments when all is still,
In the quiet times when you pause
And breathe.

May rest find you
In the chaos of the moment
In the sorrow you seek to heal.

May rest strengthen and bless you.
May it fill your spirit
And give you unearned joy.

May you find rest in the care of others,
In the knowledge of your worth,
In the value of your service.

May the One who gives rest
Bless you and hold you close.
And may you, in your very being,
Be a place of rest for others.


Prayer reprinted from Catholic Health Association USA. From Voices from the Journey, by Juliana Casey, IHM, published in 2015 by the Catholic Health Association of the United States



Jennings unveils new mission statement

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Jennings has unveiled a new mission statement, which was developed through an intense process of input and creativity.
Our new mission statement reads: “Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings nurtures and celebrates individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.”
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National Day of Prayer: May 4, 2017

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Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

From everyone at Jennings, we wish you a happy and blessed Easter.
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