Holy Family Manor is a nonprofit 501c3 that expresses our mission through two core service areas of Childcare and Senior Care. All have been shaped by a family-focused perspective and reflect the values of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Our history and our unfolding future are blessed with love, endurance, and a strong community of engaged leaders, service recipients, and supporters. We invite you to learn more as you explore our website, or give us a call to plan a visit.
Our Mission and Values Statements below reflect the basis for the care we provide and our deep commitment to families. As we make decisions each day, our focus is on the whole family—the one of origin and the one we find ourselves immersed in each day.
THE MISSION OF THE COMMUNITY AT HOLY FAMILY MANOR, IN THE TRADITION OF THE SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH, IS TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SUPPORT SERVICES TO EMPOWER AND ENCOURAGE THE FAMILIES WE SERVE TO FULFILL THEIR ROLE IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY
Essential Values Instilled by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
FAITHFUL LISTENING: A way to claim and celebrate your identity in life and ministry; a way to hear the voices (new and old) within our hearts and within our world as a call to growth and development; a way to let God’s Spirit overshadow us and our ministry for mission.
LOVING RELATIONSHIPS: “Love” is the very heart of Nazareth, modeled on the relationship among Father, Son and Spirit in the Trinity and among Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the Holy Family. The selfless, life-giving love of an infinitely generous God compels us to form loving, compassionate and reverential relationships in our personal and professional lives. Since the family is the first school of love, we are committed to the strengthening of family life in whatever ways we are able.
RECOGNIZING GOD IN THE EVERYDAY: We are building God’s reign of love in our world, step by step, moment by moment, here, in this place. The people we encounter are the sons and daughters of God. We must know and understand that. The more we recognize that God is in the daily, the more compassionate and caring we will be. We will act from a transformed consciousness.
OUR Sisters' Story
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth was founded in Rome, Italy in 1875 by their Foundress, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (also known as Frances Siedliska (Pictured)). Her vision was to share Jesus' mission of spreading God's love through various ministries with and in the Church. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are committed to creating communities of love and hope which celebrate the oneness of the human family. Ten years after their founding, Frances led 11 Sisters to Chicago to begin their ministry in the United States. The Sisters continue their mission of helping families all over the United States including other ministries right in our backyard in Emsworth, like Holy Family Institute and Nazareth Prep.
The Sisters continue their work all across the world from Kazakhstan to Australia. During the Second World War, people in Poland were persecuted for their faiths. In Nowogródek (presently Belarus), terror began in 1942 including the slaughter of 60 people, including two priests. The Sisters had been a vital part of this community for decades, serving the town's multicultural residents. When the occupation began, the Sisters offered support, assisted and prayed for the families coping with the oppression. On July 18, 1943, a further 120 people were arrested and sent to be murdered. Aware of this situation, the Sisters unanimously expressed their desire to offer their lives in sacrifice for the imprisoned. Sister Mary Stella, who was serving the town, said "My God, if sacrifice is needed, accept it from us and spare those who have families. We are even praying for this intention." On August 1, 1943, 11 sisters in Nowogródek were taken into the woods and executed. God accepted their sacrifice and the 120 imprisoned were spared. By offering their lives, Blessed Mary Stella and Her Ten Companions fulfilled their Nazareth charism in the service of families to a heroic degree.