First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this challenging time of COVID-19. I am also mindful of those of you who are healthcare providers, and offer my sincere gratitude for your work and healing presence to all those in need.
The past several months of the RMC year have looked different than usual, yet Emily continues to persevere and adapt to the necessary changes that have taken place. Although we will be holding our June retreat locally and physically distant this weekend, it promises to be a time for quiet, personal reflection, prayer, and renewal. Please hold Emily in prayer during this time of preparation for the end of her RMC year.
I hope the stories shared in this newsletter bring a sense of comfort and joy to your day. I have been inspired by the outpouring of gratitude shown by the Redeemer Family in support of the Health Care heroes. I was touched by an encounter Emily shared about time she spent with a patient in the ICU, sharing stories, and singing hymns to provide comfort. I am proud to be a part of the Redeemer Family who is committed to being a healing and hope-filled presence in the midst of human struggle. A gift that is most needed in our world today.
I am grateful to each of you for your interest and support. May you and your loved ones be well and stay safe.
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HELP US SHARE MESSAGES OF HOPE!
The Sisters have been sharing messages of hope on their social media channels during this challenging time. Click the image to the left to view these uplifting hope-filled messages. If you have a positive message of hope you'd like to share with the Redeemer community, email LMehalick@holyredeemer.com. Messages can be a prayer, song lyrics, hymn, poem, image, short video message. Other types of creative messages are welcomed as well!
Emily graduated with her MS in Genetic Counseling!
Returning to Where it All Began
Working as a chaplain at a nursing home during a pandemic is challenging. My residents are not able to see their family and friends. As much as FaceTime is a blessing during this time, it is the human touch that is missing. I realize nothing is more needed than a hug, a handshake, and a gathering with those you love. I see some of our residents dying and we are not able to say goodbye. I grieve and welcome others to join me.
And I still feel blessed. I can be there, Christ's hands and feet in our wounded world. I recognize how much I love my residents, the people I work with, and the family members that we can only see from a distance.
I feel blessed to be there for J. whose sister died. I share this sad news with her, pray with her and be God's presence for her. Another resident's brother died. I come in on my day off and grieve with her. I can't take it away from her but I can be there for her. I listen to her memories.
We lost some of our residents. We cry together, we hold each other and we let go knowing they are going home to God.
I feel blessed to work as a team; we grow together as a family- God's family.
As a team- nurses, CNAs, recreation therapists, housekeepers, food and nutrition workers; we love our residents deeply and in a way that is new- God's unending love that comes out of death. And this gives me hope; hope that comes out of darkness and makes our world brighter. We are all in this together and I strive to love as God loves and this hope gives me the strength to go deeper; deeper within the light of God.
Death and New Life- God's Paschal Mystery is Giving Me Hope
The Redeemer Ministry Corps not only introduced me to genetic counseling, but also provided me the opportunity to gain professional experience within the field. By volunteering in the Bott Cancer Center, I observed clinical sessions between the genetic counselor and the patients I saw frequently. This firsthand experience gave me the unique experience of understanding both sides of the patient-provider relationship which has helped me immensely throughout my clinical training! This past November, I was approached by the genetic counselor who I shadowed while at Holy Redeemer, a dear friend and mentor of mine, and encouraged to apply for the position at Bott Cancer Center. I am thrilled to return to a place I hold so dear and consider crucial to my journey to become a genetic counselor! In these uncertain times, I am grateful to pick up where I left off and continue acting as a comforting presence and advocate for patients and families affected by a diagnosis of cancer.
Former RMC, Sr. Katharina Pies, 2002-03 reflects on her current experience as a chaplain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former RMC, Emily Guilbert, 2016-17 shares exciting news on her return to Holy Redeemer Health System, this time as a full-time employee!
Michigan State University students joined us the week of March 1 for their Alternative Spring Break. One student shared, "The overall experience was very impactful! I loved getting to know the Sisters and to serve in the ways they do.” You can view and read more about their week with us here.
Our final RMC Day of the year took place on May 7. Emily spent the day with Sr Ana at Redeemer Valley Farm harvesting, planting and spending time with the animals. Emily even had the chance to witness the birth of two twin male goats! Read more in our latest post , "A Day Like No Other."
Redeemer Day took place on May 9 where the Sisters celebrated their Feast Day by renewing their vows of religious consecration. Although this year's celebration looked different, missing the physical presence of the Redeemer Family, all were connected spiritually and some also joined via live stream.
During these challenging and uncertain times of the current pandemic, the Sisters have been a healing presence, responding to immediate needs by helping to assemble face masks, offering a prayer line and expressing their gratitude to all the Redeemer Heroes and essential employees.
Congratulations to Helen Padden (2012-13) and her husband who recently welcomed twins! Helen shares Johnathan (left) and Alice (right) have been such a blessing!
Coalition Against Hunger's
This year's annual Race Against Hunger went virtual on April 18. Several Sisters and the RMC director, Lisa joined team Dru Crew to help raise funds to support the mission of th Green Light Food Pantry at Drueding Center!
Darin Origer (1997-98) shares he and his wife Jackie got married in 2008. They have two boys. Harrison is seven years old and Brooks just turned two. Darin works at a local Catholic school as their bookkeeper. He shares, "I love my job, and Holy Family School holds a special place in my heart for two reasons. First of all I am surrounded by my Catholic faith, and secondly, it is where my wife and I met."
Race Against Hunger
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