Nazareth Motherhouse Campus near Bardstown, Ky., celebrated Employee Appreciation Week from Sept. 19-23, 2022.
The week was celebrated with themed days such as Tropical Day, Tie Dye Day, and Superhero Day, and staff was invited to take part in games and activities to win prizes. On Thursday, the Sisters held a special blessing of employees in St. Vincent de Paul Church followed by the Sisters forming an honor guard to greet them. SCNs Camille Panich and Michelle Gurgurich, both vice provincials for the Western Province, led the blessing in the church and thanked the employees for their support and dedication.
“We are grateful to all of you, our employees, who stand in a long line of generous individuals who have supported the work of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for 200 years here on this campus,” Sister Camille said before sharing a history of the Congregation’s time at Nazareth.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth employ more than 145 individuals across several departments, including health services, food services, housekeeping, grounds and maintenance, finance administration, mission advancement, and more. Many work at the Motherhouse campus, as well as locations in Louisville and Pittsburgh.
“Each of you is part of this legacy of stewardship that has been handed down with great care for generations since 1822 on this sacred, holy ground we call Nazareth,” Sister Michelle said. “Because of your faithfulness to our mission, because you took up the work of those who were here before you, and play your part across each of the departments you represent, Nazareth continues to be a blessing to all of us and to so many beyond these walls.”
After being blessed, each staff member received a card featuring a quote from Mother Catherine Spalding so those words may inspire them in the days ahead.
The week concluded on Friday when departments gathered on the lawn for lunch.