Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Monsignor William J. Cornell spoke to the residents and faculty of the Inn at Poland Way during his blessing of the Inn on April 8.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Monsignor WIlliam J. Connell said a prayer before he performed his blessing of the Inn at Poland Way on April 7.
Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Monsignor William J. Connell used holy water to bless the different areas at the Inn at Poland Way on April 7.
Neighbors | Submitted.Everyone gathered at the Inn at Poland Way after the Blessing of the Inn on April 7. Pictured are, from left, Edward J. Reese, CEO of EDM Management Inc.; Diane Reese, president of EDM Management Inc.; Debbie Lepore, executive director at The Inn at Poland Way; Cooper; Pat Lee, president of the Resident Council at The Inn at Poland Way; Monsignor William J. Connell; Kathy Boosinger, activities director at The Inn at Poland Way; and Bob Renninger, Holy Family Parish.
Neighbors | Submitted.Staff and residents gathered in the Great Room of The Inn at Poland Way for a blessing from Monsignor William J. Connell of Holy Family Parish on April 7.
By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI
The Inn and Poland Way residents and staff members gathered in the Great Room on April 7 for the blessing of the Inn.
Monsignor William J. Connell of Holy Family Parish in Poland was joined by Bob Renninger, member of Holy Family Parish, to bless the entrance, the Great Room, the residents and Cooper, the dog. Before the blessing, Msgr. Connell led the group in prayer.
“It’s wonderful. I belong to Holy Family and I just love Msgr. Connell, he’s wonderful,” said resident Jenny Armeni.
Ed Reese, CEO of EDM Management Inc., and Diane Reese, President of EDM, own the Inn at Poland Way and have been grateful for how well the facility has been running since it opened in winter of 2016. They were honored to have Msgr. Connell bless the building, especially because Ed Reese was in Msgr. Connell’s first religion class at Cardinal Mooney High School.
“I’m here to bless the building, but more importantly to bless you, the residents that are here. And to thank Mr. Reese for this wonderful facility in our Poland community,” Msgr. Connell told the guests at the blessing.
After Msgr. Connell read a prayer, he and Renninger went to different areas of the Inn to bless them. The blessing brings a feeling of having an important connection with the Poland community. Having the Inn at Poland Way blessed has helped enhance a home-like feeling.
“I love their staff, they take good care of us. They’re all lovely here, the place is beautiful,” said Armeni. “We’re all family.”
Armeni has only been at the Inn at Poland Way for almost a month and has been extremely happy with her stay.
“Having Msgr. Connell here was very special to not only my husband and I, but to the residents and staff here as they do consider this their home,” said Diane Reese.
The Reese’s have been overwhelmed with the response of people who wish to make the Inn at Poland Way their new home. There have been more residents admitted than was expected for the first few months of being open.
“We feel like we have filled a need in this community. My husband and I feel like we have helped many people and their families,” said Diane Reese.