Nazareth Naming, Blessing & Opening - June 2009

A year’s construction work, and even more months of planning, came to a close with the official Opening of the new and refurbished areas of Nazareth Rest Home on 21 June 2009.

Invited guests included Bishop Peter Cullinane, Sr Mary Cresp of the Australian Sisters of St Joseph, and Sisters Yvonne and Xavier of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters of Brisbane.  This latter Congregation of Sisters share the same co-founder as the Sisters of St Joseph, Fr Julian Tenison Woods.  Their generosity made available some of the finance for the project.

Matthew Doyle, Chairperson of the Sisters of St Joseph Congregation Trust Board welcomed the gathered assembly, and Sr Marie Skidmore, member of the Trust Board, spoke of the extent of the project and the vision it entailed.
Water for the blessing from the Whanganui River was presented to Bishop Peter for blessing by Kaumatua Morvin Simon, and then representatives of special guests, residents, staff, volunteers and Sisters carried out the blessings.   

Sr Mary Cresp spoke of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters and their ministry to the aged, presenting the Home with a picture of their founder to be hung in the new wing.  Srs Mary, Yvonne and Xavier then unveiled the new name plate for Catherine Wing.

The picture of Catherine Gaffney, shown hanging in the new Wing was presented by Sisters Yvonne Tobin RPA, Xavier RPA and Mary Cresp RSJ.

Manager Angela Aspinall gave a light-hearted account of highlights of the year’s progress.  Special thanks were offered to all involved in the project, specifically BSM Architects, DML Builders and their contractors.  Residents and staff were also thanked for their forbearance over a year of disruption.

Sr Justin the oldest Sister of St Joseph, and resident of Nazareth for some years, was invited to cut the cake, assisted by Anne Linton, a  long term staff member, while Matthew Doyle and Sr Xavier RPA look on.

As guests assembled in the newly extended lounge for afternoon tea, native shrubs were planted by special guests MP Chester Borrows, Deputy Mayor Dot McKinnon and Monsignor David Bell of St Mary’s Parish.

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