St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home celebrates 48 years of service

Submitted Photo In front, L-R: Sr Corona Colleary, St. Columban’s administrator; Amanda Brown, admissions coordinator; Terri Drummond, personal care aide; Columban Sisters and CLT members Angela Yoon, Kathleen Geaney, Susanna Choi and Rebbeca Conlon; Cathy DeLand, receptionist; Kathie Kirst, personal care aide; Candace Kuppel, activity aide; Shelly Yorke, administrative assistant; Columban Sister Mary Anthony. In back: Zack Sherwood, cook.

St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home in Silver Creek celebrated its 48th anniversary on May 1, marking nearly half a century of serving the Western New York community.

As part of the anniversary celebration, St. Columban’s on the Lake hosted the newly-elected leadership of the international congregation of the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban, who are also known as the Columban Sisters.

The members of the Congregational Leadership Team, or CLT, traveled from Pakistan, Ireland, Korea and China to experience firsthand the compassionate care provided to residents and to learn about the local community.

St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home was built in the 1920s by the Columban Fathers for use as a seminary to prepare young men for the priesthood. The building was acquired in 1970 by the Columban Sisters and remodeled to care for the elderly as part of their Columban mission in the United States.

St. Columban’s on the Lake employees, residents and volunteers welcomed the CLT and had the opportunity to learn about other missionary work the Columban Sisters commit to around the world.

“Everyone here is so welcoming,” said Sr Susanna Choi, a CLT member from Korea. “For those of us visiting for the first time, it’s been a wonderful experience. For the sisters who have served here before, this is just like coming home.”

As part of the anniversary celebration, St. Columban’s on the Lake hosted a reception for the Columban Sisters leadership team and the home’s residents, staff and volunteers.

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