SYLVANIA—The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania received a grant for $7,775 from Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR) to purchase beds, mattresses and an otoscope for ear exams at Rosary Care Center, a long-term care facility for women and men religious located in the Sylvania Franciscan Village.
Sylvania Franciscan Sister Diana Lynn Eckel, second from left, congregational minister, presents a check for $7,775 to Cheryl King, administrator of Rosary Care Center, to buy new equipment for the long-term care facility for women and men religious in the Sylvania Franciscan Village. Also pictured, from left, are residents Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Brother John Bailey, Sylvania Franciscan Sister Patrice Kerin and Notre Dame Sister Joetta Sneider. (Photo courtesy of Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania)
Opened in 1975, Rosary Care Center was designed as a nursing facility for the elderly Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and is managed by Sylvania Franciscan Health, the health care ministry sponsored by the sisters. The four-story, 76-bed facility recently expanded to include women and men religious from other vowed communities in the greater Toledo area as well as family members of the religious.
“This grant is very important in helping Rosary Care Center achieve its mission of providing quality care for vowed religious women and men,” said Cheryl King, administrator. “With this SOAR grant we will be able to purchase much-needed equipment that will enhance the quality of life of our residents.”
This is the 12th grant, for a total of $148,916, the Sylvania Franciscans have received from SOAR since 1994. Funds have been used to purchase physical therapy and medical equipment for Rosary Care Center.
“We are most grateful to SOAR for their generosity to help us provide for our older religious,” said Sylvania Franciscan Sister Diana Lynn Eckel, congregational minister. “In particular, we thank our Sister Rosamond Jasinski for her hard work and diligence working with SOAR to secure this grant. It is an important part of our ministry to provide for the women and men who have dedicated their lives to living the Gospel for the good of all people.”
SOAR is a Washington-based nonprofit created in 1986 to help Catholic religious and clergy throughout the United States and Puerto Rico maintain financial stability in the care of their elderly and infirm members. For more information, go to www.soar-usa.org.