Relief Efforts For Hurricane Fiona

Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

How may we respond to the suffering and privation that natural disasters inflict upon our human family? Hurricane Fiona has just devastated large parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Almost five years to the day after Hurricane Maria left death and destruction in its wake, and not having completely
recovered from it, the people of Puerto Rico are yet again facing untold grief and enormous challenges.

In looking for ways to stand in solidarity with our suffering sisters and brothers, our Fordham community wishes to begin with those closest home. Many of our students come from or have families in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. We want to first extend practical support and assistance to them in their
time of anxiety and grief. Please contact Campus Ministry, Counseling and Psychological Services, or University Health Services.

As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we are a community of faith in action. I ask that we lift up in prayer all those in the affected areas to make their struggles our own. We will also take up collections at Sunday Masses to contribute to their recovery through humanitarian relief agencies that are responding to this crisis. You may also give directly to the agencies listed below.

With gratitude for your generosity,

José Luis Salazar, S.J.
Executive Director of Campus Ministry

Agencies responding to Hurricane Fiona:
Catholic Charities
Puerto Rico National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
The Hispanic Federation
International Medical Corps
Direct Relief
Diaspora for Puerto Rico

Community Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services

Lincoln Center
140 West 62nd Street, Room G-02
Phone: (212) 636-6225

Rose Hill
O’Hare Hall, Basement
Phone: (718) 817-3725

Campus Ministry

Rose Hill
Campus Center | CMCE Suite 215
Phone: (718) 817-4500
cm@fordham.edu

Lincoln Center
Lowenstein 217
Phone: (212) 636-6267
campusminlc@fordham.edu

University Health Services

health@fordham.edu
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-7160
Rose Hill: (718) 817-4160

Relief Efforts For Hurricane Ian

Dear Members of the Fordham Community,

Hurricane Ian just swept through southwest Florida and is now regaining strength as it heads northeast towards South Carolina. While this life-threatening weather event is not over yet, its aftermath is already being described as catastrophic destruction, historic damage, record rainfall and massive flooding. The humanitarian challenges are all too evident.

Before the flood waters recede and the headlines change, I am appealing yet again for your generous response to our sisters and brothers whose lives and homes have been so violently disrupted. Let our Fordham community of faith shine the light of hope in their time of suffering and darkness. We can support rescue and relief efforts by praying and by giving to Church collections or directly to the agencies listed below.

With gratitude for your generosity,

José Luis Salazar, S.J.
Executive Director of Campus Ministry

Relief Efforts for Hurricane Ian:

Catholic Charities

American Red Cross | Ian Relief

On-Campus Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services

Lincoln Center
140 West 62nd Street, Room G-02
Phone: (212) 636-6225

Rose Hill
O’Hare Hall, Basement
Phone: (718) 817-3725

Campus Ministry

Rose Hill
Campus Center | CMCE Suite 215
Phone: (718) 817-4500
cm@fordham.edu

Lincoln Center
Lowenstein 217
Phone: (212) 636-6267
campusminlc@fordham.edu

University Health Services

health@fordham.edu
Lincoln Center: (212) 636-7160
Rose Hill: (718) 817-4160

Volunteer opportunities and resources following Intersection of Migration and Homelessness Program

Mary Owens, Director of 30th Street Mens Shelter Assessment and Jairo Gúzman, President of the Mexican Coalition, provided an overview from the perspective of the agencies and not-for-profits on the recent influx of migrants that have been bused from the US – Mexico border to NYC. 

Following the Common Grounds Conversations on September 15, additional resources and information was requested by the attendees and viewers and is provided below:

Update 10.15.22: over 17,000 migrants, many fleeing Venezuela’s economic collapse, have arrived in NYC since April. Mayor Eric Adams has declared a state of emergency to open emergency relief centers more quickly.

To address the immediate needs of the migrants, you can volunteer at Port Authority with Team TLC NYC, greet new arrivals and distribute necessities.

To volunteer at Port Authority Team TLC Bus Greeters  

Team TLC NYC is requesting clothing and toiletry donations. The most requested items by new arrivals are:

New socks and underwear for men, women and children. Toiletries-priority deodorant, collected in Campus Ministry offices LL217 and McShane 215

Clean jeans, sweats, coats and shoes – priority men and reusable bags, or backpacks.

You can also donate clothing or toiletries for our new neighbors, MC Amazon wish list.  These items will be delivered directly to the Coalition or items might be dropped off to their offices:

371 East 150th Street Bronx, NY 10455 (next to the Immaculate Conception Church)

Volunteers are needed for translational services, to teach ESL, citizenship classes, and at their Welcome Center. Additionally, grant writers are urgently needed to secure funds for future programming. Any form of help is greatly appreciated. Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities with the Mexican Coalition. To volunteer with the Mexican Coalition, email Jairo Guzman: jguzman@coalicionmexicana.org or info@coalicionmexicana.or

Additionally, the Pedro Arrupe Volunteers led a Midnight Run from both campuses on 9/22 and prepared toiletry kits, meals, and distributed clothing to 80 individuals, engaging directly with those experiencing houselessness in NYC. We appreciate the generosity of those we encountered in sharing their names and stories, and the time they spent with us which was truly impactful.

Register on the PAV Sign-up for other upcoming projects.

Recording of our Intersection of Migration and Houselessness webinar from 9/15 is available now!

Women’s History Month Highlight

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are connecting with some of Fordham’s incredible female community partners. Meet Women Making History, and read on to learn what they love about their jobs and their advice for young people.


This week’s spotlight is on Stephanie Ashley Caban from Part of the Solution. We asked Stephanie a series of questions about her work. Check out her responses below!

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

My name is Stephanie Ashley Caban (she/her) and I am the Volunteer Coordinator at POTS (Part of the Solution) on Webster Avenue.

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

I love the community aspect of my job. So many people come and go and to be a part of people’s lives, no matter how small, is a privilege. I love being with community members and focusing on their paths, and mostly just being friends with everyone. I would love to share how honored I feel to be a member of this community, to be a Bronxite, because The Bronx is filled with a lot of laughter and also a lot of resilience. You should know that I don’t do this work because it’s rewarding. I don’t see that getting a paycheck because poverty exists is rewarding, but I see this work as something that must be done with a justice-filled lens. 

Advice for young women/people?

It’s hard to talk when people interrupt you, so feel free to memorize phrases like, “I wasn’t done with my thought,” or “I actually wasn’t done so I’m going to finish my sentence.” Your voice is significant , and I’ll be damned if anyone thinks otherwise. 

Cassandra Agredo from Xavier Mission

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

I’m Cassandra Agredo and I’m the Executive Director of Xavier Mission, a for-impact organization in Manhattan providing basic needs services and opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. I graduated from FCLC in 2004 with a BS in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. I then attended the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2006. I started working for St. Francis Xavier Church as the Director of Outreach in July of 2006. In 2012 the outreach programs of the church were incorporated as a separate for-impact (non-profit) organization, Xavier Mission, and I was named Executive Director. I oversee all aspects of the organization, including fundraising and development, communications and marketing, program development, finances, and human resources. 

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

What I love the most about my job is the people that I get to work with. My team is incredible – they work so hard each and every day to make the world a better place. They show up, even when things in their own lives are tough, to reach out a hand with compassion and understanding to others who are struggling. I love connecting with people who reach out for help and getting to know them and hear their stories. Every story gives me a better understanding of the world and of human behavior. I’m constantly learning and I’m so grateful to our guests for teaching me. 

Something to know about the work that I do is that it shouldn’t be necessary. There is no reason on earth why every single person shouldn’t have enough food to eat, a safe place to live, and a decent job that pays a living wage and enables them to afford all of their basic needs. No one should have to depend on the kindness of strangers to determine whether or not their children go to bed hungry at night. Greed, selfishness, and a total lack of political will to make changes to the systems that oppress people are the reasons why I have a job. We all have a role to play in changing these systems and we all have a responsibility to play that role. 

Who inspires you?

The Xavier Mission team inspires me with their generosity and humility to be a better leader, and a more empathetic social worker. Our guests, with their perseverance and determination to survive, even in the face of immense obstacles, inspire me to be strong and to keep fighting for justice and equity. My kids inspire me to find the joy in life and to not take any of the wonderful things I have for granted. 

Advice for young women/people?

My advice to young people, but to women especially, is to remember to strive for balance. No single person can save the world. No person is perfect. As women, we are often expected to carry an inordinate amount of responsibility – for work, for family, for personal success – on our shoulders, and it’s a toxic and unrealistic expectation. We need to remember to look for joy where we can, to take care of ourselves (and not just so that we can take care of others, but simply because we are important too!), and to set boundaries and realistic expectations for ourselves and for others. Strive for excellence and do the best that you can do in all things, but be kind to yourself and remember that you are beautiful and worthy of love and support. 

Anything else you would like to share?

I’m truly grateful for all of the support that we receive from our community, volunteers, donors, and community partners who make it possible to keep providing services, and who also understand the larger societal issues at play. We couldn’t do this work without them!

Jumelia Abrahamson from University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP)

Who are you, where do you work, what do you do?

Jumelia Abrahamson, Director of Programs at University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP), a community-based nonprofit based in the northwest Bronx. In my role I have the pleasure to engage with NYC residents, local organizations, banks and many interns and volunteers who make our service work possible.

I was raised in the Bronx and I’m honored to continue to work for (and with) the people that live in these same neighborhoods. Since the start of the pandemic UNHP’s programming has been offered virtually – over zoom meetings, emails and text conversations. During this time, I’ve worked closely with our staff, partners and student volunteers to ensure our program users continue to benefit from our services (despite everyone having different comfort with technology). It’s also important for us that our families can receive reliable information especially as it relates to Covid relief programs and securing affordable housing for themselves and their household – all which became more urgent as they had to social distance and share crowded spaces with children that participated in remote school.  

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

I’m passionate about sharing financial resources with our community and ensuring that those that call the Bronx home, can lead full and unrestrictive lives, especially as it relates to opportunities around education, food, health, housing, jobs, retirement and financial goals.  The current economy and tax system is more complex for low income families and this is by design. I love to contribute to these systemic problems, even if it’s in a small way, but my contribution is guided by a multi-level view from my own work with people, government agencies and financial institutions/regulators.  I love that this position allows me the ability to witness immediate progress – like a tax filer receiving a much needed tax refund, a family being approved for a benefit program – while also being able to work towards larger advocacy goals that make NYC more equitable for all. I love that I’m surrounded by a group of people that are always ready to remind the world that the Bronx is “deserving” and that we can do better with the policies to support low income families and people of color. And I love that 13 years in, I’m still excited to work towards these disparities – credit inequity in ‘banking deserts’, tax breaks for mixed status immigrant families who are NYC essential workers, proper vehicles and products for low income families to build generational wealth and non predatory ways to access tax credits/deductions.

Who inspires you?

Our program users and their resilience inspires me- the low income earners that manage to fund their child’s college dream, the senior on a fixed income who properly budgets to never miss a bill, the entrepreneurial families that have multiple side hustles to make ends meet – and their collective dreams to provide a better financial future for the next generation, makes me hopefully that people of color and low income earners can live with dignity in this economy. I’m inspired by the many leaders in the Northwest Bronx and their own individual stories – past and present. The many local orgs that are driven by mission not profit. My colleagues, many who have been great mentors and have poured so much into this fight. And I’m inspired by the energy of recent college grads that are ready to bring new perspectives and technology, as a way to level the playfield.  

Advice for young women/people?

As a college student, take the time to walk the Bronx, visit local parks, eat at mom and pop restaurants, go to the Zoo and the Botanical Garden (remember they offer free admission on certain days). Allow yourself to ‘people watch’ and fall in love with life outside of the Rose Hill Campus. You’ll be surprised by how much you learn about yourself and your passions. You don’t need to have everything figured out. Not having an answer or asking others for help is not a sign of weakness, tap into the power of community, you become a better leader by it – so stay connected to your peers, colleagues and family members.

Catherine Clark from University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP)

Catherine Clarke, Director of Development at UNHP

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

My name is Catherine Clarke and I am the Director of Development at a community-based Bronx organization called University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP). Born in Brooklyn, I graduated from Fordham as an urban studies major and began my Bronx community development career. I have worked in this corner of the northwest Bronx since I graduated in 1983 – as a merchant organizer, vacant building renovation manager, community reinvestment staff and now as a grant writer. I was inspired by the Bronx of the early 80s and desired to be part of the grass roots community-based revitalization work that was going on during a time of decline, vacant buildings and disinvestment by both the public and private sectors in NYC and the Bronx. UNHP works to create and preserve affordable housing and bring resources to our community. I help raise money for our work, communicate our mission and am part of our direct service team with Jumelia Abrahamson.

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

One thing I love about my job is the sense of history and experience I have after more than 30 years working in the Bronx. Working in community development – I have been lucky enough to see Bronx leaders fight for bank reinvestment, building renovation and community development and then see the lending, building and growth of Bronx community groups. I saw the work of community organizers with great Bronx leaders make change happen in the 80s and 90s. In 2022, I still get to see new efforts to make sure Bronx residents have a decent, affordable place to live in a thriving, safe community and have a connection to current Bronx residents. That is a privilege. While I have seen so many improvements in the Bronx over the years, I have also seen an increase in inequities. When I started working affordability of apartments was not an issue – the conditions of buildings, the many vacant buildings and disinvestment by banks was the problem. Today Bronx residents are under so much pressure – rising rents, stagnant wages, fixed incomes, real estate speculation and the lending entities that finance it and then all the financial services that prey on people who are struggling to get by. I get to see first-hand that lower-income Black and Hispanic families in the Bronx have the cards stacked against them. There is a lot of work happening to address that inequity – but it is going to take much more work to make a change.

Who inspires you?

Jumelia, our Director of Programs and all the young people I work with inspire me with their enthusiasm and hope. My boss, Jim inspires me as well as other long-time Bronx champions, who still believe that change can happen if the people affected by the issues can be empowered. The Bronx leaders I met early on in my career inspired me with their commitment to fight for their neighborhood and against redlining and unfair practices that excluded Bronx neighborhoods from public and private investment. The Bronx people I have been able to meet and get to know still inspire me – as they meet many challenges to provide for themselves and their families and still can share a laugh and a story.

Advice for young women/people?

I became an urban studies major because I was excited about the work of community groups to improve the Bronx.  It certainly didn’t seem like I could have a career in that kind of work – but it did become my career. My advice – Start with what excites you and the path will open.

Olga Baez from Strive Higher

Who you are, where do you work, what do you do?

I am a first generation college graduate, and the first in my family to pursue a master’s degree and start a nonprofit. I am a Bronx native and a mom. I currently work in the office of Residential Life and run a Bronx based nonprofit called StriveHigher Inc.  Through my nonprofit I provide educational programs that empower and prepare students to reach their full potential.

What do you love about your job? What would you want to share about your work? What should we know about your work?

The work that I do focuses on providing programs that educate, empower, and encourage students to become well rounded individuals. We create fun, intentional programs and events that expose students to a variety of experiential learning experiences, skills, and professionals. Due to the low Bronx literacy rates and low number of books at home, we also strive to provide access to free books through tabling in the community and hosting read alouds while giving away free books.  What I love the most about my work is the privilege that I have to help impact a student’s or family’s life. I see it as planting seeds that will continue to flourish in the future.  I also love fostering relationships with families and being a resource for them. I believe that when we help one another we truly make our communities better. Our reading buddy program has helped students increase their reading skills and confidence. Just within a year, many students have moved up several reading levels and improved their reading skills. That program could not happen without the amazing reading buddy volunteers who make it the successful program that it is. Thank you to our Fordham reading buddy volunteers!

Who inspires you?

People who persevere through life inspire me. There are so many incredible stories of people who experience some very difficult times but still manage to get through it and continue moving forward.  

Advice for young women/people?

My advice would be to remember that everything in life is about what we prioritize. Make time for the things and the people that bring you joy! 

Anything else you would like to share?

Whenever possible, please volunteer. It’s an easy way to make a big impact. 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Ven con nosotros a caminar, Santa Maria, ven!

Come, accompany us on our journey, Blessed Mary, come!

Friday, Dec. 10th. 

LINCOLN CENTER 

Bilingual Mass

Presider: Rev. Johnathan Castelblanco, S.J.

12:00 Noon. 

Blessed Rupert Mayer, S.J. Chapel (LL-221)

Light reception to follow.

ROSE HILL

Bilingual Mass

Presider: Rev. Vincent Marchionni, S.J. 

12:15 p.m. 

University Church

Light reception to follow.

Office of Campus Ministry

Lent 2021

Catholic Mass Schedule

Ways to Pray 

Best Lent Ever  – Over Lunch

Step 1: Sign up. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email from Dynamic Catholic with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God. 

Step 2: Join a small group weekly discussion over lunch via Zoom to share experiences on our journey through Lent. Thursdays, 12:30 – 1 pm. MEETING ID: 784 128 2015

Sacred Space – Faculty and Staff  weekly Lenten prayer reflection

Join a weekly 30 minute meeting each Friday throughout Lent at noon, where we will reflect on the readings of the day ( https://www.sacredspace.ie/)

Share the graces of prayer with others during the 40 days of Lent

Join Zoom Meeting https://fordham.zoom.us/j/88003242691

“Leaning into Lent: How This Year Is Different, and Why It Matters.”

Lent, with a focus on liturgical spirituality and the lectionary. 

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 EST / 5:30 CST

Zoom link to be sent upon registration.

RSVP here: https://buff.ly/3abuVon

Social Justice Stations of the Cross

Sponsored by Fordham’s Catholic Relief Service and Campus Ministry 

Walk alongside Christ on the journey of his Passion and remember our brothers and sisters around the world who experience suffering and poverty each day.

A simple soup and bread takeaway will be served afterward on the outdoor church plaza. 

Women Break Open the Word: Stations of the Cross

Each Lent, our Fordham family hears from women in our community as we reflect on the Scriptures together. This year, join seven Fordham women in a journey with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross. Each station will include a Scripture passage and personal reflection. 

Listen at your own pace! Find a playlist with all of the reflections on our YouTube or Spotify pages.

Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism

Friday, March 12th at 4 PM in the Chapel or over Zoom at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, March 14th after the 5 PM Mass (around 5:45 PM) in the Chapel or over Zoom at Lincoln Center. (We will use the same Zoom link as the Sunday Mass for this Stations of the Cross)

Walk through the 14 stations in prayer and reflection, acknowledging the sin of racism that is present in our social structures and institutions. Let us reflect this Lent on how we can combat this pressing issue.

Praying in Color

Email campusminlc@fordham.edu for a Lenten Praying in Color Calendar!

Color your square, draw an image, or write a word in each box as you pray and reflect each day.

Join Catholic Student Fellowship on Sunday, March 28 after Mass (around 5:45 PM) to reflect on this praying experience during Lent.

Social Justice Programs

Common Grounds Conversations – hosted by the Pedro Arrupe Volunteers, Center for Community Engaged Learning, Alpha Sigma Nu and Cristo Rey High School

Join via ZOOM Meeting ID: 874 1876 0885 Passcode: Justice

Disparities in Healthcare – Thursday, February 25th at 5:00 pm EST with Dr. Laura Veras Karasek (FCLC 08), Sr. Mary Catherine Redmond PBVM, PA, & Cristo Rey New York High School.

Lenten Forum on Housing Instability – Wednesday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm EST with Jumelia Abrahamson, University Neighborhood Housing Program and Dale Williams, Executive Director of The Midnight Run.

Immigration Justice and Covid 19 – Thursday, March 18th at 5:00 pm EST Learn how Covid-19 has affected and exposed conditions in the Immigrant community in the Bronx, with Jairo Guzman, President, Mexican Coalition. 

Environmental Racism– Thursday, April 15th at 5:00 pm EST, join this discussion with FCLC alum, Sasha George, Esq., who will discuss her work with the EPA and social justice initiatives.

Lenten Yoga

Prayerful Lenten Yoga Session – Thursday, March 18 at 1 pm. Join this 45 minute Ignatian Yoga session focusing on the Lenten experience.

Join Zoom Meeting

Additional Resources for Prayer and Reflection 

Jesuit Prayer provides the daily Scripture reading, an Ignatian reflection, and a short prayer each day through their app, on their website, or by signing up for their daily email. They also offer personal responses to prayer requests; all are remembered in Masses celebrated by the Jesuits.

Growing in Friendship with God this Lent – Pray with these meditations by Fr. William Barry, SJ, for the Wednesdays of Lent, accompanied by a reflection by the IgnatianSpirituality.com dotMagis bloggers.

The Jesuit Conference has put together an Ignatian Guide to Lent — learn about Lent and about Ignatian spirituality through the lived experiences of fellow practitioners in this video series.

Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent with Arts & Faith: Lent. Each week, IgnatianSpirituality.com provides a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of spiritual renewal through the lens of sacred art.

Steadfast: A Call to Love – During Lent, in these turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice with a steadfast spirit, rooted in love? The Ignatian Solidarity Network is inviting writers from the Jesuit and broader Catholic network to reflect on this question. (This series is also available in Spanish.)

Join Jesuit Refugee Services/USA in their Lenten challenge, 400 Minutes 4 Refugees, by offering moments of your day to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in solidarity with refugees.

Winter Schedule and Updates

Campus Ministry offices at all campuses are being monitored remotely.
To contact the Rose Hill Campus Ministry Office please email: cm@fordham.edu
To contact the Lincoln Center Campus Ministry Office please email: campusminlc@fordham.edu

For the most up to date information about Campus Ministry offices, Mass schedules, and programming please visit the link here.

Virtual Christmas Eve Mass

The tradition continues! We invite you to join us for a livestream of Fordham University’s Christmas Eve Mass. This year, from the comfort of our own homes, let us virtually come together in spirit and prayer to celebrate Christmas as a Fordham family.

Thursday, December 24, 2020, 5:00 PM

Organ prelude begins at 4:45 PM

Principle Celebrant:

Joseph M. McShane, S.J.

Join the University Church Live Stream | Fordham

*Livestream is not IOS Compatible

Mass will be rebroadcast at midnight on WFUV 90.7 FM.

Please note: The Fordham University Church will be closed to visitors for our Christmas celebration. The Mass will be available live and exclusively via the Campus Ministry website.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2020 Festival of Lessons and Carols

The 2020 Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols premieres Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 PM for viewing on the Festival of Lessons and Carols webpage.

Please join us for a virtual Christmas celebration filmed at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle and the Fordham University Church.

Featuring:

The Fordham University Choir

The Fordham University Schola Cantorum

Robert A. Minotti, Conductor

Kenneth Farnum, Pianist

Anthony Rispo, Organist

The virtual program will also feature a performance from Maya Addie, FCLC ’21, of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Dance Program.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s performance will be presented virtually only. The video will become available on the Lessons and Carols webpage at 3:00 PM and can be viewed at any point following the premiere. Don’t miss this annual tradition of joyous music, dance, and reflection!

Thank a Healthcare Hero for Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving this year, reach out to the Healthcare workers you know with a card, email or text, and thank them for caring for your community everyday, but especially during COVID-19. Here is a card we created you can print and fill out to show your appreciation! Below is a prayer for all Healthcare Workers:

Blessings for all of the healthcare workers.

We ask for blessings for all of the healthcare workers around the world. Please bless them with the rest they need, time for nutritious meals and good ways to relax and de-stress. Lift their spirits. Help them remember that they are not only saving lives but also saving our spirits by displaying selfless compassion and courage.

We pray for blessings on the families of all of our healthcare workers. Bless them with good health and protection from disease. Provide for all their needs. Comfort them in their times of worry. Be present with them when they feel lonely, isolated and scared. Encourage and hold them up with faith and hope.

We bless every employee with gratefulness and thanksgiving for their service to our community. We ask for blessings on each employee that they may be given the grace to cure sometimes, heal often and comfort and be comforted always.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”

Voltaire