The following comes from a June 11 article by Clara Fox in Angelus, the online newspaper of the LA archdiocese:
Tom Wilson was self-sufficient well into his late 80s, until an allergic reaction to prescribed medications left him in need of an assisted living facility. He initially was moved into a secular, for-profit facility.
“It became apparent very quickly that it would not be an option for him long term,” his daughter, Jean Beckman, said. “It was clean, it was neat, it was tidy. The people seemed efficient, but it was lacking care and dignity and a personal connection.”
Despite following regulation codes, there were definite gaps in proper care. Beckman remembers calling for assistance when her father asked to use the restroom. “They said, ‘Oh, just let him go in his pants and we’ll change him.’
“And I just thought that is not respecting a person’s dignity to let that happen. That’s when we turned to Santa Teresita.”
The Carmelite-run assisted living center in Duarte, California, is home to about 20 residents. They also have a skilled nursing home for about 100 patients.
Beckman is grateful to Santa Teresita for the love and care they showed her father during his last two years of life.
For Sister Mary Clare, the CEO of Santa Teresita, her work is informed by the belief that the elderly are deposits of wisdom in our society. They need to feel they have a necessary role.
She also says that the final years are a time to prepare for heaven. Don’t waste or hasten these years, the sister says. These years are a time to become as beautiful as possible for our final home.
“The sisters are very generous about trying to get their residents involved in things so they’re not lonely and they’re not bored,” Beckman says. Many activities are offered to the residents, such as computer training and gardening, but Wilson’s favorite was teaching reading to young kids from the kindergarten run by the Carmelites.
“My father used to tutor children to read twice a week,” Beckman says. “And that was the highlight of my father’s existence at Santa Teresita.” She added, “It was a great interaction and a great activity for him and it made him feel so needed and proud and valued.”
Beckman says her father found a special place at Santa Teresita.
“The sisters create an environment that cannot be duplicated anywhere else. This is a vocation for them, not just a job. And it’s very clear that they love the residents.”
She adds, “When my dad was there — as hard as it was to put him in a residence — I knew he was being loved and valued and treated as a member of the family.”
Great to see the sisters in “habits” and not wearing skirts, earrings, high heels and makeup and running around screaming for “social justice” and walking their zen maze.
God bless these Carmelite sisters.
Nahh, what a bunch of loser women! Wasting time tending to old geezers, who are actually breathing our air, and demanding our resources!! It’s called “Euthanasia” people — let’s get on with the process here.
And, these women — what is with the black get-ups — trying out for the next Batman movie? Haven’t you heard that Vatican II did away with the “Carnival” as Pope Francis said?
Habits? Dedication to Mary? Aiding the old and helpless? What are they, Catholics, or something: “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” John 13:35 (DRA) Better get on board.
Like the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Carms we need MORE Catholic senior living homes for the elderly and the disabled!!!
God Love Them!
I hope they celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass!!
One of the many reasons that more women don’t choose to enter the religious life is that we rarely see nuns. There are few parochial schools and almost no nuns in hospitals. If we seldom see them, the idea of entering a religious order may not occur to young women. Perhaps, if occasionally a parish would invite one to speak at a Sunday Mass it might recruit some. We desperately need nuns.
Good points Sarah!
These are The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. What a wonderful group of sisters who are accomplishing so much good. Every time I attend a Catholic event in the Greater Los Angeles area, and I see some of these sisters in attendance, it is a thrill. Speaking with them brings joy to my heart.