Motherhouse Reconfiguration Project Update

Adam Applegate, supertintendant of Phase 1, from Mike Coates Construction Inc., Niles, with Sister Mary McCormick and Sister Nancy Dawson

Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, and Sister Mary McCormick, who is on our Leadership Team, recently were interviewed on the program Senior Focus, produced by Armstrong and anchored by Bill Adams. The Sisters talked about our Motherhouse Reconfiguration Project. Our thanks to Armstrong for inviting us on their show and for their permission to post this video.

On Local TV

The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown are on TV! Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, and Sister Mary McCormick, who is on our Leadership Team, will talk about the Ursuline Sisters’ community and Phase I of the Motherhouse Reconfiguration on the half-hour T.V. talk show Senior Focus, which airs on Armstrong Channel 20/100 this week. The times are: Mon., Wed., Fri. at 12:30 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs. at 11:30 a.m.; Sat. and Sun. at 4:30 p.m. The program is hosted by Bill Adams.

Blessing of Phase 1 of the Motherhouse Reconfiguration Project

On April 28, 2012, the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, friends and family ended mass with a procession to our newly reconfigured living spaces to bless our house.

Fr. Nick Shori celebrated mass and the prayers over the new space, and he, General Superior Sister Nancy Dawson and Motherhouse Administrator Sister Bridget Nolan blessed every room and space with holy water.
Although the space won’t be move-in ready for a few weeks, our spirits are high as we look forward to this new chapter in our lives, which is a great blessing indeed.

Following Universal Design principles, 24 living spaces with private, handicapped-accessible bathrooms are being created to make better use of our building and provide safety for the Sisters now and into the future. New plumbing, electrical components, and heating and ventilation systems are bringing the building’s infrastructure into the 21st century. Breckinridge Heating & Cooling has posted about the project, calling it humanitarian and inspiring.

As you’ll see in the video below, the assembly April 28 sang the following song to inaugurate our new living spaces. We would be grateful if, as you read it, you offer it up as a prayer for the blessing of our house.

Bless this House

Bless this house, O Lord we pray,
Make it safe by night and day . . .
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out . . .
Bless the roof and chimneys tall,
Let thy peace lie overall . . .
Bless this door that it may prove,
Ever open,
To joy and love . . .
Bless these windows shining bright,
Letting in God’s Heavenly light,
Bless the hearth, the painting there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer!
Bless the folk who dwell within,
Keep them pure and free from sin . . .
Bless us all that we may be,
Fit O Lord to dwell with thee . . .
Bless us all that one day we may dwell,
O Lord! With Thee!
Words and Music by Helen Taylor and May H. Morgan