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Catholic Ministry for Seniors Named for St. Teresa

September 8, 2016

The Covenant Care Board of Directors announced September 8 that the new Covenant Care community in the Redstone neighbourhood of northeast Calgary will be called St. Teresa Place in honour of Mother Teresa, who was declared St. Teresa of Calcutta on September 4.

“St. Teresa’s unwavering calling to practice love and mercy and her challenge to each of us to do small acts with great love is at the heart of Covenant Care’s mission and culture,” says Board Chair Ed Stelmach. “Like St. Teresa, Covenant Care is committed to building caring communities where everyone is welcomed and loved.

The name was chosen with the help of a Covenant Care advisory committee who consulted with staff, residents, family, volunteers of Holy Cross and St. Marguerite Manors—as well as leaders in the Calgary faith community and the Redstone neighbourhood.

St. Teresa, who died in 1997 was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a courageous and steadfast leader. Humility, simplicity, and sacrifice are the terms most often associated with her leadership and her work. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, which grew to over 4,500 sisters in 133 countries. Today, her followers serve the poorest of the poor in hospices, homes, clinics, soup kitchens, orphanages, schools around the world.

St. Teresa Place located at 10 Redstone Place NE in Calgary will open in March 2017. The 250-suite supportive living community will provide a safe and peaceful home for 52 individuals needing specialized dementia care—offering main floor living space with direct access to secure garden areas. Another 198 individuals requiring supportive care will make their homes in the spacious and light-filled individual and couple’s suites in the four-storey centre.

Covenant Care is a member of the Covenant family of organizations, Canada’s largest Catholic provider of health care. Rooted in the 150-year legacy of the congregations of Sisters who founded health care in Alberta, Covenant Care was established in 2013 to meet the growing need for seniors care and services in Alberta.

“In this Year of Mercy, it is fitting that we dedicate our newest care community to serve our seniors in the spirit of St. Teresa of Calcutta,” says Stelmach.