Being rooted in the legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth is important to the mission of CHI Memorial in Chattanooga. As one way of maintaining this connection Judy Raley, SCN and Bob Scheri, Vice President of Mission Integration lead pilgrimages to Nazareth twice a year. Dr. David Foster from CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock joined the group from CHI Memorial on the September 11 – 12 pilgrimage. Participants from CHI St. Vincent and CHI St. Joseph, Lexington, which along with CHI Memorial are part of Catholic Health Initiatives East- Southeast Division will be invited to future pilgrimages. All these facilities share the heritage of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

The pilgrimage is open to Executive Team members, Department Heads and Managers and associates who receive the Catherine Spalding Award for living the mission of CHI Memorial in the spirit of Catherine Spalding. The group visits the log cabin and church at St. Thomas, pray None with the monks at Gethsemane, and immerse themselves in the spirit of the Sisters on Nazareth campus. They learn the history of the Congregation by visiting the Heritage Hall, the Archives, Motherhouse and St. Vincent Church. They attend liturgy with the Sisters and share meals with them.

Participants leave with a deep appreciation of the legacy of the SCNs with renewed enthusiasm for sharing the experience with their team members.

Here are some comments from participants:

Chris Smith, “I returned with a renewed sense of purpose.”

Carrie Potter, “I was inspired by the spirit of the Sisters of Charity Of Nazareth in their ability to continuously change their mission to assist in the current needs of the world.”

Matthew Miller. “If the love that animated Jesus is also the love that drives us at CHI Memorial, we can accomplish amazing things for the people of Chattanooga. ”

Dr. David Foster — “The impact the experience has had on my leadership cannot be measured by words alone. I am more in awe of our ministry than ever before.”

In photo: Chris Smith, CHI Memorial, David Foster, MD,CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock, Judy Raley,SCN, Celine Osbourn, SCN, Bob Scheri, Carrie Potter, Matthew Miller. (All are CHI Memorial.)


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