On March 8th Brother Hugh Denomme celebrated his 64th anniversary as a Brother of Mercy, Brother Terrence Mansfield celebrated his 63rd anniversary, and Brother Edward Lewis celebrated his 57th anniversary. On March 18th Brother Kenneth Thomas, House Superior of the Brothers of Mercy, celebrated his 22nd anniversary as a Brother of Mercy. Please join us in wishing the Brothers congratulations on such milestones! The Brothers of Mercy Campus, as well as Brothers of Mercy Mary Help of Christians, is very blessed to be able to benefit from the wonderful service of these dedicated Brothers!
Today Don is a very active member of the Senior Apartments community, citing his apartment’s scenic nature views, the socialization (“They have birthday parties, and coffee hours!”), and making new friends, as some of his favorite aspects. Reuniting with old friends makes the cut as well; upon arrival, Don promptly ran into an old childhood friend from Riverside, whom he had not seen in almost 40 years!
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Personnel Timothy Hogues presented Stephan Lewy with the 2019 “Erie County Senior of the Year” award on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus. An author, lecturer, and presenter for the Erie County Department of Senior Services’ University Express program, Mr. Lewy is a Holocaust survivor and U.S. Army veteran. Now retired at 93, he volunteers with the local Holocaust Resource Center and shares his personal story with schoolchildren around Erie County; his presentations highlight the consequences of hatred.
Our Brothers of Mercy occupational therapy department employees are amazingly dedicated professional individuals! OTs and COTAs at Brothers of Mercy provide patients with important hands‐on experiences in an environment that is staged with full‐scale bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, laundry, and garden set-ups.
There are some simple ways to deal with stress that may be something we can all try:-Listen to music: it can help calm activity in the brain-Exercise! Just a 5 minute brisk walk can start to calm your mind-Reduce caffeine intake (sorry Tim Hortons, we all love you!)
Brother Xavier’s work touched countless lives, spanned the generations and took him around the globe. He cared for newborn infants, the sick & dying, and everyone in between. Born Donald Arthur O’Neill in Wyandotte, Mich., one of seven children, he joined the Brothers of Mercy after graduating from high school without ever visiting the community. He professed his first vows on Sept. 8, 1945, and his final vows on Sept. 8, 1951. He studied at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse and later a certified registered nurse anesthetist, which he considered to be his proudest accomplishments.
The Christmas season at Brothers of Mercy is one of the best times of the year! Our entire Wellness Campus transforms into a serene winter wonderland: the evergreen trees are decorated with festive Christmas lights, our 126 acres are blanketed in beautiful snowfall, and an excited buzz fills the air as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. Residents and staff alike begin planning exciting Christmas festivities, including holiday parties, Christmas caroling, cookie decorating, gift exchanges and more!
The dogs and their owners travel from room to room, interacting and chatting with residents, or sometimes spending a quiet moment together as residents peacefully pet the dogs. The sensitive natures of these remarkable canines make them highly attuned to the residents’ various emotional needs. They can sense whether a tender nuzzle, playful trick or simply resting their heads upon a lap is needed. These visits have been highly beneficial for not only residents, but staff members as well. A quick visit with these guys provides a nice little boost of delight, and in some cases, can even acts as a stress reliever.