Sister Valerie

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.



Jennings unveils new mission statement

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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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.”

Jennings’ goal in writing this statement was to be clear and concise while incorporating the concepts that make Jennings unique. Focus groups included staff, residents, family and board members to give their input, and more than 215 people took part. “It was an energizing challenge to work with all the ideas they shared and distill them into one simple statement!” said Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND. “The team could feel the Holy Spirit guiding them throughout the process.”

Sister Valerie reflects on each phrase of the statement:

Rooted in Catholic values: This phrase captures our history and legacy as a faith-based organization. For 75 years Jennings has promoted Gospel values, based in the Catholic faith and open to all.

Jennings nurtures and celebrates individuals as they age: Nurture and celebrate are life-giving actions. They promote a feeling of compassion, care, and joy. All of us are individuals who are aging, and Jennings is here to help and support.

through exceptional choices and continuous innovation: People feel empowered when they can make choices. Jennings offers the best options possible. We continually seek out new and outstanding ways of doing things, forming partnerships and testing programs that will keep us ahead of the curve in our levels of care.

Jennings’ previous mission statement had been in use for almost twenty years. Sister Valerie stated, “We hope that our new mission statement will serve us well, long into the future. Thank YOU for the ways you help Jennings’ mission come to life each day.” If you have any comments about our new mission statement, please share them with Sister Valerie at [email protected] or 216-581-2900 ext. 2352. 


Spirituality and You: Listen Up

Monday, May 1, 2017

“When people speak from outrage and anger, when they talk about arguments and conflicts, listen carefully. They are telling you what is important to them. They are telling you their values.”
–Hildy Gottlieb
In this quote, Hildy encourages us to listen up. When people talk blame and conflict they are really talking about values. As she instructs: [more…]

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Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now

Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Heaven

Monday, February 20, 2017

You don’t go to heaven; you learn how to live in heaven now. And no one lives in heaven alone. Either you learn how to live in communion with the human race and with all that God has created, or, quite simply, you’re not ready for heaven. If you want to live an isolated life, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is Essential! 
Wendell Berry, writes, “I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Ethical and Religious Directives

Monday, February 6, 2017

(by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings)—You may know that Jennings is a Catholic organization, which is the foundation of our identity and mission. You may not be familiar with the document that helps to define and safeguard our Catholic mission.“The Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care Services” (ERDs) [more…]

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Spirituality and You: wisdom from proverbs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This week, Sister Valerie shares more proverbs from around the world. Which one do you like the best?

“When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.” (Yiddish)
“He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.” (Dutch)
“When a blind person carries a lame person, both go forward.” (Swedish)
“Hold a true friend [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Wisdom

Monday, January 23, 2017

This week Sister Valerie Sweeney invites us to look at some proverbs from other countries. Can you find the wisdom that each one contains?

“In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.” (Chinese)
“The reverse side also has a reverse side.” (Japanese)
“It is [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Promoting peace and unity

Monday, January 16, 2017

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, this quote still speaks strongly a half-century after his death:
“We’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What can you do today to [more…]

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