Friends of St. Joseph’s Home filled the Crowne Plaza ballroom in Springfield recently in a show of support of the home’s Continuing Care Fund, used by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception to provide financial support to long-term residents who sometimes outlive their own, ergo “Forget-me-not.”
Established in 1903, St. Joseph’s is the largest ministry of the Peoria-based religious order and continues uninterrupted as seven sisters in residence provide leadership and inspiration to more than 80 residents in sheltered, intermediate and memory care. The sisters provide spiritual counseling and individualized care in a respectful environment that supports each resident’s beliefs while reflecting the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
“I know the Catholics in residence have the opportunity of daily holy Mass and ready access to the sacraments ...,” a gala attendee said. “Msgr. John Ossola was my pastor at Little Flower and Cathedral before he retired … he is the priest in-residence and he is a wonderful, loving priest.”