On June 28, 2008 Pope Benedict XVI declared a year of celebration in honor of the 2000th anniversary of St. Paul’s birth. The Apostle “who proclaimed the truth of Christ to the whole world committed himself with zeal to the unity and concord of all Christians,” stated the Holy Father as he designated the jubilee year which will extend to June 29, 2009.
St. Paul Elder Services, Kaukauna, WI, a part of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity HealthCare Ministry Inc., promises to honor this Apostle throughout the year while celebrating its own 65th anniversary year of its beginnings.
The history of St. Paul Elder Services dates back to 1890 when Oscar Thilmany, founder of Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company in Kaukauna, built a mansion on Wisconsin Avenue on the north side of the Fox River. This Thilmany-Wertheimer building served as the private residence of the first two presidents of the paper company. The mansion remained in the Wertheimer family until 1939 when Robert Wertheimer gave the property to Bishop Paul Peter Rhode of the Green Bay Diocese. The Bishop sought a religious order to take the home and use it for charitable purposes. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, responded to the request.
The saga of St. Paul Elder Services is a vibrant one. Sunday, September 21, 2008 was a day to celebrate this reality and to praise God for the proud history that includes today housing at St. Paul Villa and St. Paul Manor, long term care at St. Paul Home, a Life Enrichment Center, Center of Rehabilitation and message, occupational, physical and speech therapy.
St. Paul and St. Francis were called to be profoundly changed. St. Francis’ stigmata experience images the scriptural text Gal. 6:17 very well. In this Pauline book of the Galatians written in 48-49 A.D., Paul himself reviews his first missionary journey which included the First Jerusalem Council.