100 Years of Healing: St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe

Three special events at St. Francis Medical Center helped to commemorate 100 years of providing compassion and care.

In conjunction with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Friday, October 4, the unveiling and blessing of the centennial art piece, Healing Hands, was held at 11:30 am. The stained glass, designed by Fr. Mark Bleakley, an Anglican priest from Vicksburg, MS, features five scenes representing our core values: service, reverence and love for all of life, joyfulness of spirit, humility and justice. The art is located in the main lobby of the downtown campus in Monroe (See back cover of this issue).

A special Mass of Thanksgiving for a Century of Healing was held at 2:00 p.m. in Anna Gray Noe Park to honor and celebrate the sisters, physicians, team members and volunteers who have helped to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those most in need at St. Francis over the past 100 years. Part of the offertory procession in the Mass were three glass vases filled with recommitment cards signed by St. Francis team members, a symbol of our continued commitment to perpetuate the mission that began a century ago.

The Most Reverend Michael G. Duca, Bishop, Diocese of Shreveport, presided over both the blessing of the art piece and the Holy Mass. Tours were available following the Mass of key points of interest at the downtown campus including historical exhibits, St. Francis Chapel, Giving Sculpture, Nazareth Hall and Walls of History and Recognition.

by Saundra Nalley

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