Thursday, May 6, 2010

Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

Saint Joseph
Detail from the right wing of Triptych of the Annunication - Robert Campin, Netherlands (Bruges), ca 1378-1444 (Oil on Panel)

The Cloisters Collection, 1956 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
-- Invitiatory Antiphon for Saint Joseph the Worker

Today we enjoyed some celebration with our nurses. In addition, we had a chance to recognize in celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.

Saint Joseph is the patron saint of the hospital. In the Catholic Church, a special honor is given to Saint Joseph on May 1st each year in recognition of the ways that this simple, humble man went about his work as a carpenter to provide for Jesus and Mary.

Further, Saint Joseph is also the patron saint for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Sisters that founded St. Joseph Hospital, the first private hospital in Kansas City in 1874.

Every department received a coupon for each employee that is redeemable for a drink at Cafe' Josef. This is not only to celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, but also a small token to express our appreciation for all who work hard each day to alleviate the pain and suffering of our patients and their families.

Thanks to Bob F. for organizing this celebration.

I look forward to hearing ways your organization celebrates different traditions.

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