On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, St. Joseph’s Ministries and the Daughters of Charity Ministries were delighted to commission a new CEO/Administrator and a new Campus Coordinator. In a ceremony held in the Basilica of the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Carla Brown was installed as CEO/Administrator of St. Joseph’s Ministries skilled nursing facility. Also commissioned was George Brenton as Campus Coordinator for the Daughters of Charity Ministries. Both ministries are located in a facility owned by the Daughters of Charity on South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg.
In mid-December 2015, the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s Ministries appointed Carla Brown as CEO/Administrator of its skilled nursing facility. Brown came to St. Joseph’s with a strong background in healthcare. Her abilities as a competent and consistent leader will be a welcome asset to St. Joseph’s Ministries, a facility striving to broaden and enhance the healthcare services it provides to the local community. Ascension Senior Living based in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsors this skilled nursing facility that fulfills an important role in providing care to the elderly and infirm in Northern Frederick County and South Central Pennsylvania.
The Daughters of Charity Ministries appointed George Brenton to the position of Campus Coordinator of the Emmitsburg Campus. This position was formerly held by Sister Clarisse Correia, a Daughter of Charity. Brenton also serves as Director of Facilities at the site, a position he has held since November 2012. In his added role as the campus coordinator for Daughters of Charity Ministries, Brenton will work closely with Carla Brown of St. Joseph’s Ministries and the administrators of all of the other ministries housed on the Emmitsburg Campus. The other ministries include Seton Heritage Ministries, which operates the Museum and Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; the Provincial Archives of the Daughters of Charity; Villa St. Michael; the Seton Center Outreach Program; and Seton Family Store.
The Wednesday afternoon ceremony was attended by associates, Sisters, and residents of all Emmitsburg Campus ministries. Dignitaries from Ascension Senior Living included Jesse Jantzen, President and CEO of Ascension Senior Living; Rick Cumberland, COO of Ascension Senior Living; Greg Haynes, Vice President of Regional Operations; Ann Varner, Vice President of Mission Integration; and Patrick Lampe, Director of Mission Integration for the Eastern Region. Provincial leadership of the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise in attendance was Sister Louise Gallahue, Visitatrix of the Province of St. Louise; Sister Jane Graves, Treasurer of the Province; and Sister Janet Keim, Provincial Councillor, Province of St. Louise. Other key participants in the commissioning ceremony were Sister Maureen Schmalzried, the Daughter of Charity Representative on the Coordinator’s Council; Father Steve Trzecieski, C.M., Chaplain Villa St. Michael; and Ken Vaughan, Chairman of the Emmitsburg Campus Mission Team.
The Rite of Commissioning for Carla Brown was centered on the call of the Heritage, Mission, and Vision of Ascension Senior Living. Symbolic tokens were presented to Brown, representing the core values of Ascension Senior Living: Service of the poor, reverence, integrity, wisdom, creativity, and dedication. George Brenton was called by the Rite of Commissioning to support the Mission, life, and works of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg. Brenton received tokens representing the core values of the Daughters of Charity Ministries: Reverence, integrity, generosity, and unity. He was also given items that symbolize two personal attributes that define his style of leadership: transparency and availability.
The Commissioning Ceremony reflected the high standards and expectations of both St. Joseph’s Ministries and the Daughters of Charity Ministries, stressing a commitment to not just doing the job well but doing it in a manner consistent with faith-based, Christian values, portraying an organization committed to serving the poor, the sick, and the elderly in our community.
Pictured from left are Robin Brenton, George Brenton, Carla Brown, and Brent Brown.