COLUMBUS—The Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Home was the focus of attention at the State House of Ohio June 21.
Little Sister of the Poor Ceclia Sartorius, local administrator, and Margaret Banar, travelled to Columbus to receive a public recognition for the 125th anniversary of Little Sisters serving the elderly poor of Ohio at Sacred Heart Home in Oregon.
Little Sister of the Poor Mother Cecilia Sartorius accepts a state proclamation in recognition of the sisters’ 125 years of service to the elderly poor in Oregon. State Rep. Matthew A. Szollosi and The Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee joined her on the State of Ohio House Floor. (Photo courtesy of Little Sisters of the Poor)
The public recognition in the State House was made possible through the efforts of State Rep. Matthew A. Szollosi (D-Toledo), who recognized the Toledo Little Sisters of the Poor on the Ohio House floor for their 125 years of providing care for the elderly poor of their community.
“I cannot overstate the respect I have for the work the Little Sisters does in caring for the elderly, so that their residents can live with dignity and respect and independence,” Rep. Szollosi said.
E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, introduced the sisters on the floor of the Senate. His remarks were humorous and heartfelt as he described his new relationship as a supporter of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
“Mr. Speaker, I had no idea they didn’t have a football team!” Mr. Gee joked. “But, since my comment I’ve learned much about the Little Sisters and the important work that they do and I’m delighted to help.” He commended the Little Sisters for their strength and commitment.
“Thank you on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor throughout Toledo, the U.S. and the world,” said Sr. Sartorius upon receiving the proclamation. “We work hard to take care of the elderly poor because they are people who have worked hard to build Ohio. But we don’t do it alone and rely on your assistance. I’m glad we have some great new friends to help us with that.”
Since Mr. Gee’s comment last fall, his relationship with the Little Sisters has blossomed, with frequent dialogue between the two on how the university can assist the Little Sisters in their efforts with the elderly. The Little Sisters are to be honored on Sept. 10 during a football game in Columbus between Ohio State and the University of Toledo, when Mr. Gee plans to seek donations to assist the Little Sisters’ efforts.