St. Louis Center Resident Retires — stlouiscenter

On April 6, 2016, Administration and staff of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea held a retirement party for St. Louis Center resident Julian Early. Julian had worked in the Food Service Department for the last 10 years. The St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Board of Trustees presented Julian a beautiful plaque which stated: The St. Joseph Mercy […]

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Enlarging the Founder’s Family

IMG_1364Chelsea – The Servants of Charity have been cultivating rich soil in which to plant the seeds of the Guanellian charism in Chelsea Michigan since 1960. From the humble beginnings of the institute there, faithful people have wandered into St. Louis Center and have become nourished by the spirit and mission of the spiritual sons of St. Louis Guanella who worked there. One can only imagine the bountiful garden of souls that have come to learn and live the Guanellian mission over these past 55 years. Efforts to formalize the Guanellian Lay Movement in the Chelsea Community have had varying degrees of success, but many people nonetheless have continued to be drawn into the ‘Family’ through the spiritual and volunteer opportunities offered at St. Louis Center and the Shrine of St. Joseph in Grass Lake.
This year, being the Centennial of the Birth into Heaven of St. Louis Guanella, Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, SdC wanted to truly honor his spiritual father by firmly planting seeds in the Guanellian garden that has been so carefully plowed in Michigan. He decided to invite all of the Catholic people who have been growing stronger in their commitment to living the Guanellian mission and charism to make the formal promise of Guanellian Cooperators. About 50 people gathered at SLC on September 3rd to learn more about the commitment of becoming a Guanellian Cooperator and its spiritual benefits. They shared a meal, fellowship and heard a short talk by Fr. Joseph to prepare them for making their Promise.
On September 19th St. Mary of Chelsea hosted a special Mass in Celebration of the Centennial of the Birth into Heaven of St. Louis Guanella. Special celebrants during the Mass included the Most Rev. Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing, Most Rev. Alfonso Crippa – Superior General of the Servants of Charity from Rome Italy, Provincial Fr. Soosai Rathinam from Chennai, India, Provincial Treasurer Joseph Rinaldo, Fr. Enzo Addari, Fr. David Stawasz, and Fr. Satheesh Alphonse from the Chelsea Community of the Servants of Charity, and St. Mary Pastor Fr. William J. Turner. At the end of Mass 65 people officially spoke their Promise as Guanellian Cooperators, an amazing gift to Guanellian Family on this solemn occasion. Bishop Boyea gave a blessing over the entire congregation with a first class relic of St. Louis Guanella to close the ceremony. About 200 people gathered for a celebratory meal in the parish hall.
There are now many sprouts that must continue to be nurtured in order for them to blossom into true spiritual sons and daughters of the Founder.

Culinary Extravaganza Celebrates 20 Years

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2015 IACL  170Chelsea – The Italian American Club of Livonia celebrated its 20th Anniversary of support for St. Louis Center through their Culinary Extravaganza on Sunday January 25, 2015. What originally began as a banquet provided by the Club, has now turned into a major event with 15 restaurants and 5 bakeries and cafés donating all of the food for the event. Additionally, Fr. Enzo Addari begins the event with a Holy Mass in the lower level of the Club; followed by the dinner, a silent auction, and a gift raffle. During the course of the event, Fr. Enzo and Club members present the St. Louis Guanella Humanitarian Award to a deserving candidate, and the event ends with musical entertainment. St. Louis Center is grateful for the support of the local Italian Community, as the money raised from this event is used to fund the transportation program for the year.

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Plenary Council Meeting and a Visit to the U.S.

IMG_3943The DPP Council met in a plenary meeting from June 16th to the 19th in Chelsea, Michigan and it proved to be a fruitful and productive meeting. However, prior to the meeting, there was the opportunity for attending a special event, recognizing a significant anniversary and visiting the houses within the U.S.
Fr. Gustavo De Bonis, General Secretary of the Servants of Charity, along with Frs. Rathinam, Kulandai, Visuwasam, and Dennis arrived on June 7th in Chelsea. This arrival was planned in order for all to be a part of the re-dedication and blessing, on June 8th, of the newly renovated Fr. Guanella Hall at the St. Louis Center. Bishop Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, celebrated the Mass and blessed the home and this day gave Fr. Gustavo and the council members a window into the future vision of ministry and mission of the St. Louis Center in serving persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are aging as well as to witness the active involvement of staff and laity in the program. Fr. Rathinam met individually with all the members of the Chelsea community on June 9th and 10th and, on June 11th, the five confreres traveled to Springfield, Pennsylvania in order to visit Don Guanella Village in Springfield and to come to know of the ministry and presence of the Servants of Charity established nearly 54 years ago. For Fr. Kulandai and Fr. Visu, it continued their experience of first-time visitors to the U.S. June 12th marked the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Servants of Charity in the Philippines and this special event was remembered at Mass in Springfield that morning. The traveling party proceeded on June 13th with a train trip to the Parish of the Sacred Heart in E. Providence, Rhode Island, to join Fr. Silvio and Fr. Peter in the 3 day celebration of the annual parish feast. It was a simple yet wonderful celebration of the parish family and again witnessed to the confreres the love and esteem that are held for the priests of the parish and the Servants of Charity. Finally, a short flight was taken to Michigan on June 15th in order to prepare to begin the plenary meeting on June 16th.
Fr. Charlton arrived in Chelsea on June 14th and the provincial council, along with Fr. Gustavo and Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, provincial treasurer, gathered for the commencement of the plenary meeting on the morning of June 16th. Fr. Joseph, superior of the Chelsea community, opened the meeting with a prayer and welcomed all to Chelsea and the U.S. For Fr. Charlton, this was also a first-time visit to the U.S. Fr. Gustavo then passed on greetings and wishes from the General Council and Fr. Dennis, link to the U.S., also welcomed all and gave a short overview of the U.S. and the Catholic Church in the U.S. Fr. Rathinam then gave a short reflection, “Feeding and Leading- Being a Good Shepherd Today.” Over the next four days, a full agenda was covered focusing on the Pastoral Plan of the congregation and province, updates from the Provincial Superior and from each of the nations, the canonical visitation of the Provincial Superior, discussion and preparation for the third Provincial Chapter, and the financial administration of the province and matters connected with it. In addition, the DPP’s statutes and committees were discussed along with the situation of the communities in the U.S., review of the new obediences and other assignments, youth and vocation ministry and various other topics such as preparation for the 100th Anniversary of the Death  of the Founder, difficulties with visa processing, and various requests from the communities and the confreres.
All in all, the council members were grateful for the presence of Fr. Gustavo and his input and insights contributed greatly to the meeting. In closing the meeting, Fr. Gustavo offered his remarks and Fr. Rathinam expressed his appreciation to Fr. Gustavo, the council members, and Fr. Joseph for their participation and contribution.

SLC Hosts Plenary Meeting

IMG_3918Chelsea – Members of the Provincial Council gathered together at St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI during the week of June 16-20th for their annual spring meetings after taking part in the dedication ceremony of the Grand Opening of Fr. Guanella Hall and visiting the other houses in Springfield, PA and E. Providence, RI. Many lively discussions took place during the week, and the meetings included the following participants:
Very Rev. Soosai Rathinam, Provincial Superior
Rev. Fr. Gustavo DeBonis, Secretary General
Rev. Fr. Charlton Viray, Vicar & 1st Councillor
Rev. Fr. Visuwasam, 2nd Councillor
Rev. Fr. Dennis Weber, 3rd Councillor
Rev. Fr. Kulandaisamy, 4th Councillor
Rev. Fr. Joseph Rinaldo, Provincial Treasurer
Rev. Fr. Enzo Addari, SLC Administrator

Fr. Enzo and SLC Honored by IACS

From our Confreres in Chelsea…

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Fr. Enzo with MC Ron DiBartolomeo and IACS President Giovanni LoIacono
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC. of the Servants of Charity congregation was recognized for his lifetime vocation of caring for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI. Fr. Addari, who is from Corcumello, Italy in the Abruzzo Province, was honored by the Italian American Cultural Society at their Third Annual Sportsman Dinner in Clinton Twp. The award was presented to Fr. Addari by President Giovanni LoIacono and Master of Ceremonies Ronald DiBartolomeo following a sumptuous wild game dinner that included wild boar, roast elk, and a wild goose sausage medley.

The award states, “Father Enzo Addari – In gratitude for your selfless devotion and your endless hours of service and contributions to the St. Louis Center and the Italian American Community – The Italian American Cultural Society.”

Fr. Addari with the Italian American Delegates

Fr. Addari was ordained by the Servants of Charity on May 8, 1976…

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Residents Celebrate the Feast of St. Louis Guanella

From our Confreres in Chelsea…

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Fr. Enzo and residents in SLC ChapelFr. Enzo celebrated Mass on St. Guanella’s Feast Day for the ‘good children’ of St. Louis Center by introducing the idea of being a champion. They could understand a sports champion and learned that St. Guanella was a champion for the poor, the elderly and the handicapped. He taught them that everyone can be  a Guanellian champion today if they follow in the footsteps of the Founder.

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A Successful “Evening in Italy”

From our confreres in Chelsea…

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The 26th Annual Fall Dinner Auction for St. Louis Center began its next twenty-five years with an Italian theme night in honor of the Servants of Charity congregation from Italy that has run this special program for persons with Developmental Disabilities since 1960. Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., was especially proud of the local community for their support, and in particular Chelsea Community Hospital and their staff who donated their time and resources to make this event a success. “We know by your actions how much you care for our residents. Without your support, we could not provide them with the quality of life they’ve been given, and we thank you all for what you do.”

Auctioneer Joseph Merkel and his staff once again donated their services to conduct a fun and entertaining auction, both live and silent, and one of the highlights of the evening was State Treasurer Kenneth…

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Many Attend Community Forum

From our confreres in Chelsea…

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St. Louis Center hosted a Community Forum on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 to provide information to interested community groups concerning the new construction taking place at Fr. Guanella Hall on the grounds of St. Louis Center. The purpose of the remodeling is to provide improved facilities to accommodate older adults with developmental disabilities. Nearly 25 people were in attendance, including a large delegation from the Chelsea Lions Club, members of the St. Louis Center Parents Association, and representatives from the Chelsea United Methodist Retirement Community and St. Mary Catholic Church.

Fr. Enzo Addari, Administrator of the facility, welcomed his guests to the presentation, and spoke about the need for a new facility that would take care of the future needs of our aging residents with developmental disabilities. He then turned the program over to Public Relations Director Joe Yekulis, who talked about the history of St. Louis Center, and why…

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Come and See

Come and See group at PUSJ Grotto

Grass Lake – The first attempt for young men to experience the Guanellian life style began with five young men coming to live with Fr. Paul and Fr. Satheesh August 15-18th. The “Come and See” experience began on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. They spent time with the elderly on Friday at Bethany House in Jackson, Michigan. Saturday, they visited St. Louis Center; one of the residents gave a tour of the facility and then the young men played basketball with the residents. Saturday night was a renewal for all as they participated in “Clubbing with Jesus.” During these days, the young men were asked to reflect upon “Call to Holiness” and “Guanellian Ministries.” The “Come and See” program concluded with lunch on Sunday.

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