“We don’t let anyone go alone on the last journey,” Sister Marie said.Click HERE to read the story.
Seven priests moved here in old age, paying their own way, as does Father Shannon, who presides over funerals that are more about the celebratory “alleluia” than the glum “De Profundis.” But he has been with the sisters since he entered the priesthood, first as a professor at Nazareth College, founded by the order, and now as their chaplain. He shares with them the security of knowing he will not die among strangers who have nothing in common but age and infirmity.
“This is what our culture, our society, is starved for, to be rich in relationships,” Sister Mary Lou said. “This is what everyone should have.”
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A look at how to die
The Sisters of Saint Joseph in Pittsford, N.Y., are featured in a New York Times story today that looks at how older and ill members of the community are cared for in a hospice-like setting where they die with reverence and without fear. It's a well-done article that not only gives readers a real glimpse at how community life matters for religious sisters -- and maybe for all of us -- as we reach the end of our time on earth, but also manages to look what the Church teaches about end-of-life palliative care that does not unnecessarily and unnaturally extend life.
Posted by Mary DeTurris Poust at 8:00 AM