Sisters of Mary of The Presentation
As Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, we carry on the apostolic mission given to us by our founders. We are strengthened by each other in our community living and in prayer as we move into various forms of evangelization.
The people who work with us are our greatest resource – boards, medical staffs, administrative groups, employees, and volunteers. We join hands with them to carry on this healing ministry, bringing Christ to people.
To bring Christ through the ministry of healing means that we are interested in healing the whole person, and we believe in the following:
- The worth of each individual
- We do not judge, but rather support
- We testify to the reality of a loving God
- We heal through understanding, prayer, and health care
There is nothing unusual about a health care facility that has a mission of healing. However, there is a difference in the definition of “healing” that is used. We believe that healing is anything that keeps an individual whole and anything the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation give any individual is wholeness. When people are broken, they are broken in many ways. It has not only to do with their bodies, but with their self-images and spirits. With this definition, a smile, a “hello,” or even a “thank you” can be a healing experience. To communicate this, it is not just the individual rendering direct patient care, but everyone in the facility who participates in the healing process. Further, this extended definition of “healing” leads us to believe that it is not just our patients and residents, but all of us who need healing from each other. Our mission is to heal and sometimes to cure – but always to heal.
Healing in a Jesus Christ-like manner is not just a Catholic work. There are many people and institutions that carry on this work. The non-Catholic employee should be assured that there will be no attempt to change their beliefs. As with any business establishment, the institution has certain values and beliefs that the employee is asked to abide by in accepting any offer of employment. Different concepts of God and different concepts of truth are no barrier to the fact that Jesus told us to love each other, and the Vatican II has asked us to work together to form a new humanity.
We need to remember that the search for God frequently begins when people have first been accepted by another. We need to remember that the health care giver, regardless of their beliefs, gives better care when they are cared for.
In summary, the ministries of SMP Health System are a Christ-like healing ministry in the Catholic tradition. We are all involved in the process of healing others as well as of being healed ourselves. Our desire is to work with all people of goodwill within and without the health care ministry in order to establish a new humanity. Our mission engages those in ministry to all the people who come into our lives day after day.