August 2017

Be understanding to your enemies. Be loyal to your friends.

Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.

Be generous to those who need your help. Be frugal with what you need yourself.

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything. Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.

Be willing to share your joys. Be willing to share the sorrows of others.

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed. Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.

Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds. Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.

Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble. Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.

Be loving to those who love you. Be loving to those who do not love you; they may change.

Above all, be yourself.


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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Jennings Manor celebrates anniversary

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In August 1998, Jennings added its first apartment building to the campus: Jennings Manor. This residence provides 61 apartments for adults 62+ and was the first addition of “a long-range strategic plan to provide a full range of services to older adults.” When Bishop Anthony Pilla was asked about this apartment, he replied,“It is [more…]

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Jennings at Brecksville opens with blessing ceremony

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It was a picture perfect day to officially open Jennings at Brecksville with a dedication ceremony. The Most Reverend Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, celebrated with an intimate gathering by blessing our new residence.
In his opening prayer, Bishop Gries prayed: “When Christ took flesh through the Blessed Virgin Mary, he made his home with us. Let [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Life Is Meant to be Lived

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life is to be lived. No excuses. No reservations. No holding back.
An enchanting story about the talented violinist Fritz Kreisler tells how he once came across a beautiful instrument he wanted to acquire. When he finally raised the money for the violin, he returned to buy it and learned that it had already been sold [more…]

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