More than 150 Fabulous Women Attended Little Company of Mary’s Celebrate the Heart of Women Event

More than 150 fabulous woman wearing red entered the Hilton Oak Lawn Hotel to attend Little Company of Mary’s “Celebrate the Heart of Women” event on Sunday, February 24th. The special woman’s event focused on “The Culture of a Well Women” with guest speaker, Dr. Richard Farrell, Internal Medicine Physician at Little Company of Mary.

The event began with a beautiful liturgy celebrated by Rev. William Vanecko, who provided a special blessing and reflection on the heart of women. Rev. Vanecko quoted 1950’s American singer- Pat Boone- “Give her thorns and she’ll find roses, give her sand and she’ll find the sea, give her rain and she’ll find the rainbow.” Rev. Vanecko used those lovely poetic words to showcase the strength and heart of a woman.

Following the mass and brunch, women were led by an informative and eye opening presentation on how to optimize your health and be a well and balanced woman. Dr. Farrell asked all women attending one of the most difficult questions to answer. “Is everything you did yesterday aimed towards your wellness or illness?” Dr. Farrell challenged everyone to take control of their health by eating right, exercising, know what medications they are taking, know their family health history, have a primary care physician and to love themselves.

“I see it everyday, new patients come to me and they don’t know what medications they are taking, they haven’t seen a primary care physician in ages, they don’t know their family history, and they are suffering from a tragic or post traumatic event in silence, said Dr. Farrell. “It’s time to take control of your life! Cut down on the junk food, buy fresh fruits and veggies, write down all the medications you are taking on a note card and keep it inside your wallet or purse. Pick up the phone and call your family members and ask what diseases run in your family and talk to someone today to seek help with that challenging life hardship you are facing.”

The overall message of Dr. Farrell is for women to take care of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Dr. Farrell asked all 150 women to write him a letter within the next several months even if he is not their primary care physician, and tell him how they have taken control and regained their health.

To learn more about upcoming events, please contact the Health Education Department at Little Company of Mary at 708.423.5774 or visit the website at To find out more information about Dr. Richard Farrell, please call 708.499.4190 or visit

Little Company of Mary’s passion and concern for women’s health extends beyond our campus and into the community. The Health Education Centers feature a wide variety of ongoing education classes and low cost screenings to help women stay healthy-including our notable Heart Health and Wake-Up Call Screenings. The two Health Education Centers are located near Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago Ridge Mall and at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. To register for any event, class or screening call 708.423.5774.

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