A Spiritual Loss At Care Homes?

March 18, 2019

Editor: What is the plan to take care of the spiritual needs of the elderly and infirm now that Little Flower Manor and St. Therese Residence are being sold? The sale is personal for me and my family. My mom was a resident at Little Flower Manor for 10 months. She received palliative care at the end of her life and her funeral Mass took place in the chapel. My dad is currently receiving palliative care at Little Flower Manor. Residents and family members fill the chapel at Little Flower Manor daily for Mass and special services. Those that are not able to attend can watch on closed-circuit television. Holy Communion is distributed daily by the Office of Pastoral Care. It is my understanding that the Carmelite Sisters will be leaving shortly and there will be no more pastoral care once the sale is finalized. The statement from the Diocese of Scranton stated, “Allied Services has also committed to preserving religious articles and artifacts.” What exactly does that mean? Will crucifixes remain on the wall in each room? What will happen to the beautiful chapel? It is truly sad to hear proceeds from the sale will be used to pay reparations to “survivors of child sexual abuse.” Money cannot buy healing, especially for abuse that took place decades ago. I have not lost my faith, but I have lost faith in the diocese and the Catholic Church because of the way they handled and continue to handle clergy sexual abuse. The diocese is selling out the Catholic elderly and infirm. Without a plan for pastoral care, Little Flower Manor becomes just another nursing home run by a big non-profit. The spiritual care of the elderly and infirm should be a core service of Diocese of Scranton, not an afterthought. Norberta Kosin MOUNTAIN TOP