Providence Place, an independent living community for active seniors, dedicated its new Sister Joan Mullen, SP, Community Wellness Room on October 26. Executive Director Richard Pelland opened the program saying, “There are people in our lives we can’t forget. Sister Joan Mullen is one of those people.” He went on to recount her contributions as chair of the construction committees for Providence Place and Mary’s Meadow and Sister Joan’s “…deep desire in converting Providence Mother House into Providence Place…to capture the community spirit deeply rooted in this sacred space… .” She hoped that “this spirit would take birth in the hearts of those who would call Providence Place home.” In this way, Pelland continued, “the Sisters of Providence legacy would be lived out through the years by you, our residents, and those who come after you.”
Residents are now using the bright and spacious refurbished room as quiet space for Providence Place’s wellness programs—Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, poetry, and regularly scheduled life enrichment programs.
At the ceremony, Sister Ruth McGoldrick, SP President during the planning for Providence Place, shared her insights on the room’s namesake. “Sister Joan was a woman of quiet strength and compassionate presence. As a nurse, physical therapist, congregational leader, and friend, she touched the lives of many, many people. She was fully present to each…who found her approachable, understanding and compassionate. She added, “Sister Joan was very intuitive and had great patience with long processes…never losing her sense of focus and humor. These qualities, as well as her deep trust in God’s Providence, enabled her to live out daily the grace of ‘being Providence’ to all she met.”
Sisters of Providence President Kathleen Popko joined Pelland in unveiling a plaque for the Community Wellness Room featuring a photo of Sister Joan and a record of her ministerial life. Also the back wall of the room includes the lettering for Sister Joan’s words: “Community is…about nurturing, renewing and deepening the life we have. In doing so, we become more authentic, more joyful, compassionate and understanding.”
In a blessing composed by Sister Margaret McCleary and led by Sister Ruth, residents and guests prayed, “God of Providence” shower “blessings and grace in abundance upon all who enter here.”