Kellenberg Students Volunteer with the Little Sisters of the Poor to Help the Elderly Poor Live with Dignity

Jan 22 2015
Mother Celine Therese Vadukkoot addresses guests during a birthday party for centenarians Jan. 20 at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Queen of Peace Residence in the Queens borough of New York. Eight residents celebrating 100 or more years in 2015 were honored at the event. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Mother Celine Therese Vadukkoot addresses guests during a birthday party for centenarians Jan. 20 at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Queen of Peace Residence in the Queens borough of New York. Eight residents celebrating 100 or more years in 2015 were honored at the event. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Article by Beth Griffin, Catholic News Service:

QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y. (CNS) — “I found heaven,” Agnes Russo said definitively, as she described the Little Sisters of the Poor Queen of Peace Residence, her home of 17 years.

Russo, 99, was one of eight women honored Jan. 20 at a festive “807 Years of Life” party celebrating residents who will be 100 or more years old in 2015…

…Marianist Brother Michael Gillen accompanied the student volunteers from Kellenberg Memorial High School, a Marianist school in nearby Uniondale. “We’ve been coming here for 26 years. The teens socialize and create a relationship with the elderly and give them the same respect they would want to have,” he said.

Kellenberg junior Michael Duffy said, “There’s a school focus on community service and I enjoy it. We mostly come here for dances, but also bring presents and joy at Christmas.” Kellenberg partners with Queen of Peace for a “Junior-Senior Prom” in February.

Please enjoy the full article on the Little Sisters’ work with the elderly poor at the Queen of Peace Residence in Queens Village, NY: http://catholicphilly.com/2015/01/news/national-news/little-sisters-attentive-care-helps-elderly-poor-live-with-dignity/