The first National Catholic Sisters Week will be held on March 8-14 as part of Women’s History Month. The goal of National Catholic Sisters Week is to honor and bring national visibility to the contributions of religious women, whose far-reaching work on the frontlines of social change, women’s leadership, healthcare, education and the Church remains relatively unknown.
On Monday, March 10th, Little Company of Mary Hospital will kick off National Catholic Sisters Week with a special Mass in honor of the LCM Sisters at 3:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Chapel. The Hospital will continue the week-long festivities with pastry treats, trivia games and raffles. The raffles will take place on March 10-14 in the hospital’s café 95 to help support LCM Sisters serving in Foreign Missions. Today, the LCM Sisters provide compassionate care for the sick and dying in 11 countries, including: England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Albania, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, Tonga, and the United States.
ABOUT THE SISTERS OF LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY
The Little Company of Mary Sisters, were founded in a small stocking factory in Nottingham, England by Venerable Mary Potter, a small frail, but faithful woman in 1877. Her vision for their community of professed Sisters was to care and pray for the sick, suffering and dying. She took the image of the Calvary scene, Mary, the Mother of Jesus and those who stood with her at the foot of the cross, to represent and name her Community the “Little Company of Mary.”
On April 26, 1893, three Little Company of Mary Sisters, Mother Mary Veronica, Mother Mary Patrick and Mother Mary Philomena set sail for America from Rome in response to a request from a prominent Chicago businessman, Charles Mair. While vacationing in Rome, Charles’s wife became terminally ill. Charles was so impressed with the compassionate care his wife received at the hands of the Sisters that he offered to sponsor any Sisters that Mother Mary Potter could send to the U.S.
Charles donated a home located at 4130 S. Indiana in Chicago, for their convent and Chapel. Their special ministry of caring for sick and dying in their homes soon became one of the forerunners in home-based hospice care. On January 19, 1930, the Sisters opened the doors of Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois. More than 84 years have passed since the Sisters began serving the Evergreen Park area and the communities that surround it.
To view the short documentary on the life of Venerable Mary Potter, visit Little Company of Mary’s youtube channel at www.youtube.com/littlecompanyofmary. To learn more information on National Catholic Sisters Week, please visit St. Catherine University at www2.stkate.edu/ncsw/home.
Little Company of Mary invites the community to attend the special Mass on March 10th in the Hospital Chapel honoring the LCM Sisters. The Hospital Chapel is located at 94th Place & California Avenue. Free parking is available in the north lot located immediately adjacent to the hospital entrance at 94th Place & California Avenue.