Sisters of the Holy Spirit

For Sister Margaret Mary Grochowski CSSp, 75 years in the Sisters of the Holy Spirit has been a legacy of providing loving compassionate care. At 15 years of age, she was received as a novice in 1942, the same year Jennings opened under the sponsorship of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Sister Margaret Mary professed her final vows in 1947, and she has faithfully used her gifts to serve as a nurse, director, artist and friend.

From a young age Sister Margaret Mary was firm in her faith and grew up in the parish of St. Mary of Czestochowa. Her mother, who was a very devout Catholic, was an inspiration through her faith, prayer, involvement in the parish and praying the Rosary. “She instilled the importance of the love for the church and for Christ,” Sister Margaret Mary remembers, adding “I would put the pillowcase on my head and pretend to be a nun.”

Sister Margaret Mary first ministered at Jennings in housekeeping and as a nursing assistant. After becoming a licensed practical nurse in 1956, she served as Jennings’ Director of Nursing for many years as well as the Director of the Restorative Program. Her creativity, coupled with training for activities coordinators in the seventies, led her to continue her work at Jennings as a life enrichment coordinator. Now retired, she continues as a volunteer with a particular passion for those living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sister Margaret Mary held many positions of leadership within the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. She served as a local Superior at Jennings and also as a Council Member for many years. She has been revered by staff members for her spirituality, loving and compassionate demeanor, her high standards and her zest for life. Her gift of creativity continues to shine, having won many awards for her craft work with residents as well as practicing her own artistic talents.

Sister Margaret Mary is also very dedicated to her family. She has enjoyed many family adventures and trips to Poland and Rome. At 91, she loves to visit with her two younger sisters and large adoring family of nieces and nephews. The Sisters of the Holy Spirit, together with Jennings, commemorated her jubilee with Mass and private celebration.

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Jennings and the Sisters of Notre Dame are collaborating on an exciting new development. Notre Dame Village will be a community of living and learning on the Sisters of Notre Dame campus in western Geauga County, Ohio.  The expansion will offer independent and supportive residences for adults 65 years of age and older. Residences will include cottage homes, independent living apartments with services and memory care assisted living. Notre Dame Village will be open to people of all faiths. Residences are expected to open in summer 2018.

Rendering of Notre Dame Village Site

Rendering of Notre Dame Village Site

Notre Dame Village answers a vital need for available senior housing and services for both the Sisters of Notre Dame and an aging local community. According to Sister Margaret Gorman, SND, Chardon Provincial Superior, the median age of a Sister of Notre Dame in the Chardon province is 74. Likewise, Geauga County has an aging population that currently lacks attractive, faith-based, senior housing options. When fully occupied, Notre Dame Village can provide housing for 180 individuals.

Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO of Jennings, feels the collaboration is an ideal fit with complementary organizational values. “Our desire at Jennings is to give people purpose and meaning to get out of bed in the morning. When you talk to residents and staff, people tell us they feel a difference in our method of care. I believe it is the Holy Spirit. It is the smile you see on people’s faces – residents and staff. Our desire is to individually meet people’s needs as much as possible. We ask them to tell us about themselves – what makes them smile? We try our best to tap into who someone is and wants to be. In hiring, we consider the joy they will bring to their job. I look forward to waking up every morning and coming to work. It’s a matter of ‘your soul meeting your role’.”

Though the collaboration is unique, both the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of the Holy Spirit have a shared piece of history. “Monsignor Jennings (Jennings’ namesake) originally left his estate and will to the Sisters of Notre Dame,” explains Martha M. Kutik, former Jennings President and CEO who is currently the Executive Advisor to help bring this development to fruition.  “They were not able to carry out a mission for the elderly at that time; however, our sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, were in a position to begin that ministry in his name. Working with Sisters of Notre Dame now is like coming full circle. We were talking to the Office of Aging in Geauga and Lake Counties looking for development opportunities. Jim Clements, Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Geauga and Lake Counties, took us on a drive to Auburn Road in Munson Township to see the SND campus. He planted the seed.”

The idyllic charm of Notre Dame Village will be captured in acres of pastoral landscape and in its architecture and lifestyles. From natural serenity to customizable home features, Notre Dame Village will also offer locally sourced foods and services, intergenerational programs, lifelong learning and spiritual programs.

Sister Margaret Gorman, SND feels Notre Dame Village answers a vital need for available housing and health care services for both the Sisters of Notre Dame and the local community. “I see this as a win-win for all of us,” states Sister Margaret. “There is a great need for senior housing in Geauga County, where 30% of the population will be age 60 and older by 2020. While this property is owned by the Sisters of Notre Dame, we want to share it with the community. We want to respond to the needs of this community, which include understanding the need for housing for healthy seniors as well as those with health care concerns.”

Apartments with services
Notre Dame Village will offer an apartment building with various floor plans, including studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, and two-bedroom styles. Residents may live independently or receive services such as an elegant dining room, housekeeping, and other supportive services. They will also enjoy the amenities of the campus, such as covered parking, balcony options, lifelong learning and other programs.

Cottage homes
Charming cottage homes will be available on cul-de-sacs throughout the idyllic landscape. These two-bedroom, two-bathroom single story homes will feature an open floor plan and two-car garage as an option for individuals to downsize from larger homes. Residents have many choices in features and upgrades to make it ideal for their lifestyles. These individuals will also have access to the many amenities of the development, as well as receive services in their homes if needed.

Memory care assisted living
Notre Dame Village will feature three memory care homes for individuals who require assisted living with memory care. Twelve residents will live in each home, where each individual will have a private bedroom. Residents will live in a natural home setting while receiving the assistance, cueing and specialty services unique to this type of residence. It will be one of the first small house models in northeast Ohio.

Ms. Salopeck expresses the excitement for both organizations as construction gets underway. “This is a very special development that is underway for all the right reasons, and there is already an incredible positive energy toward it,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way to begin.”

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Sisters in Paraclete Park

Monday, July 17, 2017

It’s a beautiful summer day near Cleveland, so we couldn’t resist a history photo of these lovely Sisters of the Holy Spirit strolling through the gardens of Our Paraclete Park (c.2004). In the foreground is Sister Loretta, followed by Sister Margaret Mary (left) and Sister Philomena (right).
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Pentecost: Sisters of the Holy Spirit Feast Day

Sunday, June 4, 2017

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.” A blessed feast day to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, our sponsor. “The Holy Spirit—the Spirit of mission—guides and strengthens our witness to Christ” (Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity [Ad Gentes], no. [more…]

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Staff retreat refreshes, reconnects us to mission

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In varying sessions this week and next, we are holding our staff retreats. They are one way we take time to reconnect with each other and our mission. This year we are focused on our individual gifts, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how we as lay staff members carry out the charisms of [more…]

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Jennings mourns loss of Sister Regina Marie Pittinger, C.S.Sp.

Friday, February 19, 2016

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Sister Regina Marie Pittinger, C.S.Sp. (nee Mary Louise Pittinger). As a member of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit (Jennings’ sponsor), Sister Regina Marie celebrated her 50th jubilee in 2007. As an RN, for many years she was an evening and night nurse at [more…]

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Happy 90th birthday Sister Margaret Mary!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Happy birthday week to Sister Margaret Mary, who is a beautiful 90!
Did you know she was Director of Nursing at Jennings in 1956? A little #ThrowbackThursday fun: here is a video clip from last year, where she describes how her mother’s faith inspired her and she pretended to be a nun as a little girl.

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Memorial Mass

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Jennings held its annual Memorial Mass Sunday, November 8, honoring individuals who passed away over the last year. The Mass celebrated members of our extended family—those who called Jennings home or received services here, staff members, and family members of our staff and board of directors. We are grateful for the way they touched our [more…]

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Sisters celebrated in Jennings’ history, charism

Saturday, March 14, 2015

As Jennings continues the March celebration of our anniversary we are grateful to our sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who have shaped our ministry and culture. This community of women religious, which has always been relatively small, answered the call to ministry when funds from Monsignor Gilbert Jennings’ will became available to establish [more…]

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World Day for Consecrated Life

Sunday, February 8, 2015

During the weekend of February 7-8 in our parishes, we recognize and give thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In a special way we are grateful for The Sisters of the Holy Spirit (our sponsor) and Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND (Director [more…]

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