For Sister Margaret Mary Grochowski CSSp, 75 years in the Sisters of the Holy Spirit has been a legacy of providing loving compassionate care. At 15 years of age, she was received as a novice in 1942, the same year Jennings opened under the sponsorship of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. Sister Margaret Mary professed her final vows in 1947, and she has faithfully used her gifts to serve as a nurse, director, artist and friend.
From a young age Sister Margaret Mary was firm in her faith and grew up in the parish of St. Mary of Czestochowa. Her mother, who was a very devout Catholic, was an inspiration through her faith, prayer, involvement in the parish and praying the Rosary. “She instilled the importance of the love for the church and for Christ,” Sister Margaret Mary remembers, adding “I would put the pillowcase on my head and pretend to be a nun.”
Sister Margaret Mary first ministered at Jennings in housekeeping and as a nursing assistant. After becoming a licensed practical nurse in 1956, she served as Jennings’ Director of Nursing for many years as well as the Director of the Restorative Program. Her creativity, coupled with training for activities coordinators in the seventies, led her to continue her work at Jennings as a life enrichment coordinator. Now retired, she continues as a volunteer with a particular passion for those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Sister Margaret Mary held many positions of leadership within the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. She served as a local Superior at Jennings and also as a Council Member for many years. She has been revered by staff members for her spirituality, loving and compassionate demeanor, her high standards and her zest for life. Her gift of creativity continues to shine, having won many awards for her craft work with residents as well as practicing her own artistic talents.
Sister Margaret Mary is also very dedicated to her family. She has enjoyed many family adventures and trips to Poland and Rome. At 91, she loves to visit with her two younger sisters and large adoring family of nieces and nephews. The Sisters of the Holy Spirit, together with Jennings, commemorated her jubilee with Mass and private celebration.
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