On Thursday, May 5, 2016 as our country celebrated the 65th annual Day of Prayer, Signature Healthcare celebrated it’s 5th annual Day of Prayer.
The morning began at 10:30 AM with a livestream telecast of the company’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. All faiths and denominations were represented in the hour and a half prayer service. Signature HealthCARE of Waterford is one of over 100 centers located in the United States that tuned into the live webcast.
Later in the day, at 3:00 PM, Signature HealthCARE of Waterford hosted its own celebration of prayer, which was hosted by Chaplain Maria Meneses of the department of spirituality. Chaplain Maria opened with a prayer, and the pledge of allegiance was led by the center’s director of Plant Services, Don Pridemore, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps.
A reading from the Gospel of Luke 11:1-13 was proclaimed, followed by a brief reflection on prayer given by Chaplain Maria. As an added surprise, the center was delighted to have several guests visit on this important day. Namely, Senator Rene Garcia, who said a few words on the importance of prayer in this time we are living in in this nation. The chaplain was pleased to present guest speaker Deacon Manuel Mendoza, from Catholic Hospice Services, who also is a medical doctor from his native country of Colombia, after the Senator.
Deacon Manuel spoke about the jubilee “Year of Mercy” and the “Holy Doors” which Pope Francis has opened and has publicly invited all Christian Catholics to pass through for plenary indulgences that can be gained. Lastly, prayers of petitions were read by the various stakeholders of the center in their native languages: Creole, Spanish, English, and Filipino.
An ice-cream social topped the afternoon and everyone in attendance enjoyed the afternoon festivities.