Jennings celebrates 73rd anniversary

Monday, March 16, 2015

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The month of March is special at Jennings Center for Older Adults, not just because of St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 is celebrated as Founder’s Day in honor of Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, whose vision began the original Jennings Hall. According to diocesan historian Father Nelson Callahan, Monsignor Jennings was very insightful for his time.  “He was always thinking bigger. He understood a lot.”

Monsignor Jennings set aside a sizable portion of his estate to “establish a self-sustaining but non-profit institution, which by providing dwelling facilities at operating cost, shall enable deserving aged persons with inadequate income to live in a religious and comfortable atmosphere that they deserve but otherwise could not enjoy.”

March 17 has been established as Founder’s Day at Jennings to commemorate the start of our mission, which began with the dedication of the first Jennings Hall building on March 17, 1942. Jennings Center for Older Adults is a shining example of Monsignor Jennings’ foresight and vision.  As we carry out our mission as stated in his last will and testament, we remember the life and times of Monsignor Jennings and remain true to his values.

1942 dedication of Jennings Hall

1942 dedication of Jennings Hall

As Jennings continues the March celebration of our anniversary we are grateful to our sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who have shaped our ministry and culture. This community of women religious, which has always been relatively small, answered the call to ministry when funds from Monsignor Gilbert Jennings’ will became available to establish what was to be a rest home. They were the organization’s leaders, completed favorable succession planning to the first lay leader, and remain active and influential in the daily culture and operations of what is now a continuum of care campus. The Jennings management team and board of directors recently reflected on the Sisters’ influence and the many ways that our work as lay professionals reflect the Sisters’ charisms. We invite you to hear an excerpt of some of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, telling their own stories, influences and personal calls.

Click here to learn a little more about the history of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit

CEO Martha M. Kutik mentorship, leadership acclaimed with receipt of Heller Award

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jennings Center for Older Adults is proud to congratulate its Chief Executive Officer Martha M. Kutik on her receipt of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living’s 2013 Dr. Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award. Martha was presented with the award on December 3 at Menorah Park’s annual meeting.
Martha was nominated by Jennings’ board member Howard Bram, [more…]

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