June 20, 2017 marked a special occasion for Providence Care. Staff, physicians, volunteers, patients, clients, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul and members of the community were joined by The Most Reverend Archbishop Brendan O’Brien for the blessing of Providence Care Hospital. “We know it will be a blessing – a source of healing and hope – for all who will be touched by the care that will be provided here” read Pam Carr, the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario (CHSO) designate on Providence Care’s Board of Directors. “This new facility reflects the legacy and culture of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. Their commitment to care for the most vulnerable, for those who are marginalized and disadvantaged, is carried forward today by those of you who have made your own the mission and vision of Providence Care.”
Archbishop O’Brien spoke of what makes a hospital Catholic and quoted the late Cardinal Bernardin who said that our goal “is not so much to heal better or more efficiently than anyone else; it is to bring comfort to people giving them an experience that will strengthen their confidence in life. The ultimate goal of our care is to give those who are ill, through our care, a reason to hope”.
The service was well attended by patients, clients and visitors, and one patient in particular had the opportunity to participate in the General Intercessions. Archbishop O’Brien was also at Providence Care Hospital in May when he blessed the Chapel and the Altar of the Blessed Sacrament. Both services were well attended and Archbishop O’Brien took the time to talk to and engage with patients and clients.