Mason Pointe to Welcome The Sisters of the Good Shepherd as Newest Residents

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

– Matthew 7:7

 

Earlier this year, The Sisters of the Good Shepherd were searching. They needed a new place to care for their aging Sisters, a chapel for daily prayer, job opportunities for current staff, and a single location where they could all live together. They knocked on the door of Mason Pointe… and it opened.

“The Sisters and Lutheran Senior Services seem to be meeting at a place that will benefit both,” says LSS Network Executive Carla Baum. “It feels like Divine Providence.”

In so many ways, it does. Beyond the immediate synergies, it turns out that the two organizations share similar histories. Good Shepherd came to the U.S. in the mid-1800s, about the time that LSS was putting down its spiritual roots. Both organizations were founded to answer specific needs in the greater community and to provide physical and spiritual care for the most vulnerable. And both organizations have always approached their work with a combination of mission-driven and contemplative action. From all perspectives, Mason Pointe seems like the perfect place to support continuation of this work.

“The Sisters of the Good Shepherd will find everything at Mason Pointe they’ve had at their current North County location…and more,” says Gary Anderson, Executive VP and Administrative Officer of LSS. “Space will be available for Sisters at multiple levels of care. A chapel, currently under construction, will provide a centerpiece for daily worship. A Heritage Wall will tell a ‘story in pictures’ of the Jewish, Catholic, and Lutheran traditions that have occupied this West County space.”

According to Jeanette McDermott, Communications Coordinator for Good Shepherd, the Mason Pointe move is the answer to a prayer. “Some of the Sisters were afraid that our mission would die or no longer be supported,” she says. “This move changes that. Now we’re getting a glimpse of a future in which Good Shepherd is extremely relevant. We’re seeing the order move forward.”

It is an important chapter for LSS as well. “We have roots in the Lutheran faith,” says CEO John Kotovsky, “which is to say we have roots in kindness, in love, in service to one another. But we have always served people of all denominations. Like The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, we are defined by our commitment to those we serve.”