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Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm Celebrate 90 Years of Excellence

Sister Helena - Saturday, September 07, 2019

Photo: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

By Tony DeGol


Garvey Manor Nursing Home in Hollidaysburg is renowned for its excellence in caring for the sick and elderly.

For Sister Joachim Anne Ferenchak, O Carm., one guiding principle helps to maintain that standard.

“The primary identity of Garvey Manor should be that we’re a Catholic facility because here in this house, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, we are bringing Christ,” explained Sister Joachim. “We’re bringing Christ to them morning, Noon, and night – not treating each person as a patient, but treating them as Christ – the Christ that we meet in our neighbors, the Christ that we meet in those that we associate with. If we don’t bring Christ to them and recognize Christ in them, then we fail in our Catholic identity.”




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