Dear Friend of the Columban Sisters,
Greetings of love and gratitude! As I write this message to you, I am overcome with awe and thankfulness as I recall the memories that flood my mind since the Columban Sisters began their ministry to elderly men and women here in Silver Creek, New York 50 years ago.
Hundreds of men and women have come through our doors over the years, all supported by the Sisters and an amazing group of staff and volunteers offering a home away from home for each of our residents – each person being cared for with dignity and respect in their journey here with us. Our residents’ families, too, have shared with us in this wonderful story and I greet all of you with deep gratitude.
You and many others have supported us over the years and I treasure the generosity that has enabled us to sustain our outstanding elderly care program for half a century. I now invite you to join us in celebrating our milestone 50th Anniversary, and ask for your continued and much-needed support for our ministry at St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home as we move forward into the coming years.
Sister Corona Colleary
Where the Spirit of Life is Ageless
On May 1, 1970, the Columban Sisters welcomed the first residents to St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home. Built in 1924 by the Columban Fathers as a seminary, the English Tudor and Gothic-style building was generously given in 1968 to the Sisters who established a ministry for the care of elderly residents.
For the past 50 years, St. Columban’s has operated as a not-for-profit, non-denominational home for elderly men and women administered by the Sisters and supported by a dedicated staff and extensive volunteer organization. By creating a home-like environment where the physical and spiritual needs of residents are safeguarded, St. Columban’s preserves the spirit of independence and personal dignity in a place where residents can enjoy life.
That spirit of life and independence that is so much a part of the community at St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home has remained vibrant through the decades. It has provided 50 years of joyful living for hundreds of residents, as well as peace of mind for family and friends. We invite you to celebrate St. Columban’s 50th Anniversary with us and to help us insure that its joyful spirit continues.
An Ongoing Need
Throughout its 50-year history, St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home has been completely self-supporting and receives no diocesan funding or other assistance. Today, the Columban Sisters face ongoing financial challenges as we strive to continue our ministry of care for the elderly.
Through the 50th Anniversary Celebration, St. Columban’s goal is to enhance its endowment fund in order to maintain its legacy of quality care while remaining affordable for residents and families in the face of ever-rising costs including:
- Ongoing administration of a high quality, residential elderly care program
- Additional services and needed improvements to the building and grounds
- Operational costs including personnel, maintenance, and technology
Continuing Our Legacy of Quality Care
So many, either directly or indirectly, have been the beneficiaries of the ministry of love, labor and dedication we, the Columban Sisters*, our staff and volunteers have brought to St. Columban’s on the Lake over the past 50 years. This is our legacy.
During these years, we have called upon our many friends and benefactors for assistance through successful fundraising efforts to help support this ministry at the retirement home. For this we are truly grateful.
We now need your support and commitment, once again, to continue our ministry to the elderly. Your donation to our 50th Anniversary Celebration will be used where we determine the need is greatest, or for a specific purpose at your request. Other opportunities to contribute are also available and more information can be obtained by contacting Sister Corona Colleary at 716-934-4515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.