Time Capsule Opened
Thursday, May 14, 2009
On April 28, Lourdes associates
unearthed a bit of Lourdes history that has been sealed away for
more than 30 years.
A time capsule from 1975, the year the Seton wing was completed,
was pulled out from behind a cornerstone on the hospital's exterior
wall near the former front entrance. Due to the current
construction at the hospital, the capsule needed to be removed so
that it could be preserved.
Wayne Mitteer (Vice President for Organizational Excellence) and
Sister DeChantal (former Hospital Administrator) opened the time
capsule to reveal several photos of the hospital, yellowed copies
of The Evening Press and The Sun Bulletin newspapers featuring a
story about Lourdes 50th Anniversary, a hospital mission statement,
a list of employees, a letter from one of the original Daughters of
Charity, a figurine and relic of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton for whom
the wing was named, along with many other items.
Several associates who worked at the hospital in 1975 looked on
and reminisced as the capsule was opened. Sr. DeChantal also read
the following letter from the Administrator (President) of Lourdes
when the capsule was sealed:
August 15, 1975
To you who now read this message - We
are thinking of you today as we seal this cornerstone box! We pass
on to you our commitment to the sick and injured of mankind and to
all of those who will seek refuge at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital!
When this box is sealed, it contains a sacred message and one that
we of today hope and pray will be read by you and contain the same
meaning for you. We are definitely committed to respecting life and
the dignity of the human person as outlined in the Gospels. God
bless you and carry on!
Sr. Helen Kelley
and all of us at Lourdes on this eventful day of August 15,
Plans are currently underway for the items to be displayed at
the hospital until the time capsule is returned. New contents will
be added to the capsule before placing it under a new cornerstone
when the new Emergency Department is completed in 2010.