Getting Things Accomplished
It has been said that the secret to getting things done is to act.
At St. Francis Healthcare System, we have a lot we want to accomplish for the community. So often we see the needs of seniors and caregivers, and wish we could accelerate what we want to do to meet their needs now.
Patience is a virtue that escapes many of us. We all want things faster, and delivered yesterday. In those times, we look to Saint Marianne Cope and the Sisters of St. Francis who ministered to those with Hansen’s disease. They saw that the needs of Hawaii’s people were great. They were probably overwhelmed, and wanted to move faster than they could, but may have found consolation in knowing that all things happen in God’s perfect timing. They turned everything before them into an opportunity to reveal God’s love and mercy.
Saint Marianne and the Sisters came to Hawaii in 1883 at the request of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Their first task was to manage the Kakaako Branch Hospital on Oahu, which served as a receiving station for those with Hansen’s disease from all of the islands. The more severe cases where shipped to Molokai to be confined to Kalawao.
The following year, at the request of the government, Saint Marianne and the Sisters opened Malulani Hospital on Maui, and then were called back to the overcrowded Kakaako Branch Hospital on Oahu.
Two years later, in 1885, with the support of the government, Saint Marianne Cope opened Kapiolani Home to provide shelter to homeless female children of patients with Hansen’s disease.
In 1887, the government ended the forced exile to Molokai and closed the specialty hospital on Oahu. A year later, the authorities pleaded with Saint Marianne to establish a new home for women and girls in Kalaupapa, Molokai, where she remained for the remainder of her life. Here, she cared for Saint Damien until his death, and then was appointed to oversee both the boys and girls at Kalaupapa.
The needs of others can be overwhelming, but the St. Francis Healthcare System team is acting now. Construction is now underway to further develop our St. Francis Kupuna Villlage, and new partners are joining our campus. And while all of this is happening, we are launching new programs such as our bathing training workshop for Hawaii’s caregivers. We are continuing to move forward with the resources we currently have to fill needs now.
The stories we hear and the people we meet touch our hearts in ways that move us. More than ever, we are determined to get things done! The love of God compels us to act decisively and swiftly. This is vital to the legacy of caring that was established by Saint Marianne.
Let Saint Marianne be our inspiration to keep moving forward and make a difference in the lives of others.