Sr. Pauline accepts the Palatine Hometown Pride Award from Mayor Jim Schwantz.
Thanks to our wonderful volunteer “garden angels” and our meticulous staff, St. Joseph’ s Home was awarded 2nd place in the Business Category of the 2013 Palatine Hometown Pride Award. This award was created to honor properties in Palatine that have beautiful landscaping and exceptional curb appeal.
We are very blessed to be situated on a large parcel of land.Enjoying the serenity and beauty of the outdoors, Residents, families, friends and Little Sisters often stroll around our grounds.St. Jeanne Jugan also often spent time walking in the solitude of the meadows and woods praying the rosary.
“Sometimes she was seen stopping to marvel at the flowers in the grounds. A rose drew her eye. A simple rose, without a name. The rose never speaks its name. It does not introduce itself. It is not concerned to know if it is being looked at or admired. It simply flowers, pure reflection of a Beauty which is beyond any name. Its brilliance is ecstasy, its silence, praise. Attentive, Jeanne seemed to be listening to the silence of the rose.”*
Residents and Little Sisters frequently stop and sit at a bench near the pond or in front of one of our many statues situated on our grounds. In the midst of that solitude and beauty, many quiet, fervent prayers of thanksgiving are silently offered for our volunteers, benefactors and staff that help us make St. Joseph’s Home a little piece of heaven on earth!
*excerpts from The Dessert and the Rose by Eloi Leclerc