On the occasion of the groundbreaking for the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, a simulation center to improve medical training, Sister Judith Ann, our major superior, made the following comments:
Over 134 years ago God entrusted a very sacred Mission into the hands of our early pioneer Sisters who came to this community and to this very bluff to begin an entirely new ministry for them in healthcare.
They came not because they had the expertise or experience but because they responded to a human cry for help. They gave generously of what they had, even their lives in caring for those with communicable diseases, and GOd blessed their gift, nultiplied it and made it more than enough. Just look what surrounds us! Just imagine what liews ahead for us, and what will rise from this ground on which we stand today!
From the earliest years when our Sisters were personally mentored into the profession of nursing by physicians, one on one,
– to our countless programs, internships, residencies, fellowships, accredited schools and colleges of nursing that have mentored countless professionals in multiple health care fields over the span of 134 years,
-and our strong relationship and enduring commitment to the University of Illinois College of Medicine who are wonderful partners in promoting ongoing medical education that is vital to our community’s well-being,
this rich history makes a profound statement that hardly needs commentary.
Why this pursuit? WHy this remarkable development? Not to draw attention on ourselves, not just to put us on the world map, not just for growth and expansion, but ALL and ONLY that we might be here, prepared and able, to give our lives in service of human life!
When we are HERE accomplishing THIS together with a strong commitment to advance the natural gifts and talents of our professionals through creative and innovative education, we make an unbelievable gift to our world and GOD makes our light shine brightly and expansively, more than any of us could ever imagine. Do you believe that? I do, yes I do.
As wonderful as this history is, we would not be standing here today breaking ground for this world-class Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center without the vision and foresight, commitment and unbelievable generosity of those who share our passion to advance this work of love.
Our Sisters thank God for you and hold you in our daily prayers and in our hearts.
God IS blessing this day, this gathering, this endeavor, this ground, making it holy for the service of His people far beyond our life span! Reason enough for us to rejoice and give thanks!
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