The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity received a letter from the Family Life Office of the Diocese of Omaha thanking them for contributing “God-given talents and skills toward ministry in the Archdiocese.” All of the members of the Franciscan community that ever served in the Omaha Diocese over the years have been chosen to receive the Rural Aging Ministry Award, an award that recognizes service to the Catholic Church through service and concern for elders in the rural reaches of the Archdiocese. This year’s Outstanding Ministers Awards ceremony is on May 21, 2008 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont.
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have been formally involved with outreach to the elderly in northeast Nebraska since 1905, and informally involved since their arrival at St. Mary’s Parish, West Point in 1885. The community sponsors Franciscan Care Services, West Point, NE. in which St. Joseph Retirement Community, a licensed assisted living community, is a vital part of the ministry. An exceptional mixture of supportive services combined with a warm, homelike setting, St. Joseph Retirement Community promotes maximum independence and well being of soul and body. http://www.fcswp.org/