A place to worship and offer prayers on behalf of loved ones is important for the family and friends of patients at Saint Francis Medical Center.
The Chapel provides a place for loved ones of patients at Saint Francis to pray. It also provides weekday masses and, amazingly, 26 years of perpetual adoration. Perpetual adoration is the practice of the continuous reverence of the Eucharist (Holy Communion), 24 hours a day. The Chapel is one of only three locations in the Diocese that has 24-hour adoration. Mass is held every Monday through Thursday at 11 am, and Friday at 10 am.
“Spiritual, psychological and physical care are equally essential to the care of everyone entering our doors or receiving care in our many practices,” said Jim Lawrence, RN, MBA, Director of Mission at Saint Francis. “The funds help us promote and sustain prayer and worship in the Chapel. We also use some of the funding to buy Bibles for our patients and to provide spiritual aids for their needs.”
Donna Anderson has served as an Adorer at the Saint Francis Chapel for many years. An Adorer is someone who offers continuous prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for the healing of patients and guidance for the hands of providers.
“My eyes have been opened to the value of praying non-stop around the clock,” Anderson said.
She says more than 400 Adorers from several parishes pray for the patients and providers of Saint Francis Healthcare System. An Adorer is scheduled for prayer 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Adoration Chapel. Anderson also helps make sure the Adorer schedule is filled.
“Anyone who has respect for Jesus in the Adoration Chapel is certainly welcome,” she said. “It’s becoming harder to get Adorers. Most of our Adorers are older. Some of them have been at it for 26 years.”
Donations to the Chapel Fund are very important. This year, the Fathers of Mercy from Kentucky were given an honorarium and travel money for their visit to the Chapel. It serves as a space for memorials to remember Saint Francis Healthcare System colleagues. The Chapel Fund also pays for rosaries, bibles and prayer books. Guest speakers help guide and encourage visitors, Adorers and Saint Francis colleagues. The Chapel Fund also provides mass supplies, priest vestments and needed maintenance of the Saint Francis Chapel.