Our schedule is centered by necessity around the needs of our patients and our prayer and community life. Prayer, including daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, is an essential element of each sister's day.
We arise in the morning, go check our patients
and then go to Chapel for morning prayer, from the Liturgy of the
Hours, and daily Mass. After Mass, we serve our patients breakfast.
Then we attend to their morning care-assisting our patients with
all their needs of daily living. After that, if they can, our patients
go off to planned activities. From 10:30 until 11:30 each day, the
Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Chapel. The Sisters come to
Adoration as their schedules permit. The infirmed and retired Sisters
take advantage of this time for Eucharistic Adoration to join with
the apostolate by praying for our patients (living & deceased),
the community, and the Church.
At midday the patients return to their floor and we serve them midday dinner.
After the patients are served, we go to the Refectory for our dinner. We then return to our floors for "afternoon watch". This is a relatively quiet part of the day, allowing some of us to rest while others use the time for private prayer.
At 4 P.M. the Sisters return to the Chapel for
the Rosary and Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. We
then return to the units and serve our patients supper and get them
comfortable for bed. And, just as one would do with a family member,
we tuck them in and say good night. We end the day by returning
to Chapel for Night Prayer and recreation.