Capuchin Friars from the Province of St. Mary tend to the healthcare needs of people in two primary yet distinct ways. Two friars are full time nurses who serve people in some of the communities found within the Province. They perform all of the traditional duties associated with this profession, which means they take care of the ill, the disabled, and the dying. They provide this care with proper respect for all they serve, regardless of race, sex, age, religion, and economic or social status. Besides providing direct nursing care, they also work to promote good health practices and prevent illness among those to whom they minister.
As with many religious orders, the Province of St. Mary includes a large number of elderly friars, some of whom require special care and assistance. Towards this end, the Province has established an assisted living facility in Yonkers, New York. This is the second way that friars minister to the healthcare needs of people. Two friars serve as co-directors of this senior care facility; two additional friars are part of their senior care team.
Together, this team of Friars makes sure that the Province's older friars receive the care and attention that they need. Healthcare in this sense addresses not only the physical needs of the elderly, but also the special sociological and psychological challenges that they face as they grow older. Besides taking care of the friars residing at our assisted living facility, the Yonkers senior care team also reaches out to those friars who are aging "in place" at other locations throughout the Province. They provide the advice and guidance that those friars need to live long, healthy, and productive lives.