Sisters of the Holy Spirit

Each March, the Jennings community celebrates Founder’s Day. We honor Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, whose forward thinking, compassionate heart and planned philanthropic gift gave our organization its start in 1942. On Sunday, March 4 we gathered with staff, board members, friends, donors and Sisters of the Holy Spirit to commemorate our ministry’s 76th year. We gathered for Mass celebrated by Bishop Martin Amos, followed by a delicious brunch.

As Jennings’ President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck stated, “Thanks to our first benefactor- a planned estate gift- for the start of something beautiful. Monsignor Jennings understood the power of philanthropy in making a difference in this world. He also understood that to have a safe and comfortable place to live is not something everyone can take for granted. He ensured that there would be a place for older adults who otherwise might not be able to afford it would have the opportunity for safety and comfort at a place called Jennings Hall.”

Thank you to the many hearts and hands that celebrated today, including staff; volunteers; musicians; concelebrants Bishop Martin Amos, Father Joe Pednekar, Father Kestutis Zemaitis and Deacon Dan Galla; and servers from Saint Ignatius High School.

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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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