His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, was just in Rome for the historic Synod of Bishops, and the day after he returned home, October 21st, he made a visit to the Good Counsel Home in Spring Valley, New York. Cardinal Dolan’s pastoral visit to our home is the perfect precursor as Good Counsel approaches 30 years of ministry to homeless, pregnant mothers, babies, and children.
Upon notification of Cardinal Dolan’s plans, Chris Bell, Executive Director of Good Counsel stated, “While each Cardinal in New York, an Archbishop in Newark, and several other Bishops have honored Good Counsel in various ways since we opened our doors in 1985, this will be the first visit from a Prince of the Church to one of our homes. It is an honor and privilege for us all. I believe Cardinal Dolan will strengthen us spiritually with this visit.”
Cardinal Dolan arrived and was greeted by a sleepy, but completely adorable Baby Aisha. The Cardinal then spent some time touring our home and was attentive to the resident mothers, staff, and volunteers present. He was more than happy to hold several babies who were perfectly content in his warm embrace while he spoke with some of the mothers about their lives and how they came to Good Counsel. He was very interested in how their lives had changed and improved since coming to us. Cardinal Dolan stayed with us to have dinner. He offered a blessing before the meal and ate with a little assistance from Bella. One of our mothers asked the Cardinal if he would bless her room because her newborn cries a lot at night – we’ll have to check in and see if it helped!
Cardinal Dolan’s positive evangelization, good nature, and contagious humor encouraged us all. The babies, even the infants, were happy to be with him and he with us. What a fantastic day!
We have to offer a special thank you to house manager, Nannette Morris, for her thorough and diligent preparations for the visit.
Cardinal Dolan is tentatively scheduled to be our very special guest at our 2015 Annual Awards Celebration during our 30th Anniversary year-long celebration. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out on any news! Reserve your seat now for this year’s celebration!