Saint Joseph Berea Hospital partners with Saint Mark Catholic School
Richmond, Kentucky- Monday morning, February 1st St. Mark Catholic Church Richmond Pastor, James Sichko, Lead Teacher Connie Fischer, and President Greg Gerard of St. Joseph Berea Hospital, announced a new partnership between St. Mark Catholic School, Richmond, and St. Joseph Hospital, Berea.
Catholic education and Catholic health care have missions rooted in faith, social justice, and outreach to the community as an extension of the Body of Christ. The crossroads of these important Catholic missions is a novel endeavor for the Diocese of Lexington and Madison County.
St. Mark Catholic School began the partnership today as a means to enhance the comfort of patients at St. Joseph Berea through contribution of child friendly DVDs, games, books, comfort cards and art from St. Mark School children and families. St. Mark School's curriculum will benefit from a St. Joseph partnership also. St. Joseph began their partnership today in offering their health educator who will travel to the school at least once a month to do a health and wellness teaching.
Both institutions are rooted in Catholic tradition, but not exclusive to Catholics. St. Mark Catholic School and St. Joseph Healthcare are open to all individuals who are receptive to the gifts of education and wellness that they each provide.
The event is part of a nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the first week of February. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Dividends for Life”, underscores the commitment of schools like St. Mark to offer the foundation in faith, knowledge, and morals that prepares students for successful lives.
Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. St. Mark Catholic School serves students in grades pre-K through 3rd grade. For more information, call 859-623-2989 or visit www.saintmarkcatholicchurch.net .