Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Maureen Anne Shepard, Sister Bernadette Selinsky and Sister Kay Warning share on a recent invitation to be with Good Samaritan School of Nursing alumni in Zanesville, Ohio.
The Good Samaritan School of Nursing closed in 1975 after flourishing for 70 years. Since its closing, the Nurses’ Alumni have gathered every year for updates, fellowship and a meal. At this year’s gathering (48 years after the school closed!) 79 nurses were present! They came from as far away as Texas. The oldest one present was 91, and they still keep in contact with a 101-year-old and a 102-year-old nurse. They still sponsor a blanket drive every year for the poor, this year they collected over 300 blankets. The wonderful work of our sisters in the past at the School of Nursing is STILL bearing fruit after all these years! The relationships these nurses have forged with each other are strong and built on their bond of faith. A number of them mentioned that, at the Good Sam School, they learned the ART of nursing as well as the SCIENCE of nursing. They are so grateful for their well-rounded education! They have already started planning with gusto for a special gathering in 2 years which will be the 50th anniversary of the closing of the School of Nursing.
It was a joy for us to experience the fruit of our Sisters’ work even after all these many years! And it was a clarion call for us to continue sowing seeds today whose fruits will hopefully continue to blossom for many years to come.