2013 Feast of St. Joseph Celebration


On Tuesday, March 19 over 50 supporters and friends of Joseph’s Home gathered at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph and to recognize over 450 generous organizations, foundations and individuals who supported Joseph’s Home financially in 2012.

Father Neil Kookoothe of The Church of St. Clarence in North Olmsted officiated a Mass in honor of St. Joseph. Father Isidore Munishi of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Father Michael Franz of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church served as concelebrants. Danny O’Brien of The Church of St. Clarence served as musician.

In his homily, Father Kookothe looked to the altars at St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal for insight into St. Joseph’s life and legacy. One of those altars – Hope of the Sick – highlights his ministry of healing. Others such as Model of Workers and Consolation of the Afflicted point us to his concern for ordinary people and their suffering. The homily left all who heard it with an increased appreciation for St. Joseph and a deeper understanding of what a fitting namesake he is for Joseph’s Home.

After Mass, the guests enjoyed a breakfast reception with food provided by Metz Culinary Management.

The board, staff and residents of Joseph’s Home would like to thank Fr. Neil Kookoothe, Fr. Isidore Munishi, Fr. Michael Franz and Danny O’Brien for their help with the Mass. We would also like to thank Phil Begalla and his team from Metz Culinary Management for providing a great meal and outstanding service.

Most of all, we would like to thank our friends who support the healing mission of Joseph’s Home through their prayers, donations and volunteer service. We enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you again soon!

Sr. Joan Gallagher and Sr. Carole DeCrane
Sr. Joan Gallagher, CSA (Left) and Sr. Carole DeCrane, CSA, both of Lakewood

Marie and Andrew Hirsch
Marie and Andrew Hirsch of Strongsville

Sr. Sandy LoPorto, Sheryl Smith & Jean Shirtliff
From left to right: Joseph’s Home Staff Nurse Sr. Sandy LoPorto, SSJ-TOSF, Sheryl Smith of Cleveland Heights and Jean Shurtleff of Cleveland
Sr. Regina Fierman
Sr. Regina Fierman, CSA of Richfield
Sr. Jane Lab & Sr. Denise Stiles
Sr. Jane Lab, CSA (left) of Cleveland and Sr. Denise Styles, CSA of Ravenna
Audrey Fellows
Audrey Fellows of East Cleveland
Deb Zemanek and Kathleen Kowalski
Deb Zemanek (left) of Northfield and Kathleen Kowalski of North Ridgeville
Larry Kowalski and Mark Weidt
Larry Kowalski (left) of North Ridgeville and Mark Wiedt of Westlake
Sr.Theresa Bontempo and Teresa Andreani
Sr. Theresa Bontempo, CSA (left) of Cleveland and Teresa Andreani of Lakewood
Kay Vine and Sr. Marian Durkin
Kay Vine (left) of Bay Village and Sr. Marian Durkin, CSA of Lakewood
Frank Loiacono, Fr. Michael Franz & Fr. Isidore Munishi
From left to right: Frank Loiacono of Bay Village, Fr. Michael Franz of Cleveland and Fr. Isidore Munishi of Cleveland
Kathy Heigle, Nadine Ezzei & Helena Oroz
From left to right, Joseph’s Home board members Kathy Heigle (chair), Nadine Ezzie (secretary) and Helena Oroz