September 2001

All Associated With Catholic Health Initiatives Invited to Submit Sacred Stories


Market-based and national staff members, board members, physicians, volunteers, community partners and all others associated with Catholic Health Initiatives are invited to submit stories for inclusion in the Catholic Health Initiatives national archive of sacred stories. Stories that are submitted by October 1 will also be considered for inclusion in the third edition of the book Sacred Stories, to be published in early 2002.

Sacred stories tell how the spirituality of the people who are Catholic Health Initiatives makes a difference in the lives of others and in shaping the organization’s distinctive culture. "These stories provide a rich resource for inspiration in many different settings," said Jerry Broccolo, vice president of spirituality for Catholic Health Initiatives.

To find out how to submit a sacred story, contact your local mission leader.



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Included below are excerpts from the Second Edition of Sacred Stories:

"After Mercy’s Family Birthplace experienced several sad events involving babies born with birth defects and babies that died, a groundskeeper named Jeff selected a beautiful lilac bush for us to plant in honor of these little ones. A plaque nearby reads, "Sent from earth to blossom in heaven." Jeff helped select the spot in which to plant the bush and participated with the nursing staff as we prayed and remembered the babies. This was a healing time for our staff. We will remember it each year when we watch the lilacs bloom and know that God is always there to comfort us and give us wisdom and courage as we help families through tragedy as well as joy." Lola Chitwood Mercy Medical Center Roseburg, Ore. ***** "The phone rang in the emergency department at 2:00 a.m. The caller was a very upset woman who cried, ‘My dad just had a seizure. Should I bring him in?’ A few minutes later, a woman rushed in carrying a small dog that was unresponsive. The nurse wrapped the dog in a warm blanket…the dog began to respond, and when he could lift his head the staff advised the woman to call her veterinarian first thing in the morning. She and her dog left, both visibly calmer and with our blanket! As the staff reviewed the situation, they realized that when the woman called she had been saying ‘my dog,’ not ‘my dad!’" Donna Hipp, RN St. Catherine Hospital Garden City, Kan. ***** "I volunteer as a Eucharistic minister to the sick…One day, I introduced myself to a patient and the man sitting casually near the foot of her bed. After a brief conversation, I realized that I had come upon a surgeon visiting his patient…he urged me to continue, saying ‘What you’re doing is even more important than what I’m doing.’ The three of us prayed and shared a special moment of communion." Noreen Ellison, SC St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Pueblo, Colo.