As fall approaches, many seasonal festivities happen in the county’s backyard, such as the Oktoberfest at Camilla Hall. Camilla Hall may be one of those places that you have passed many times and may not have even realized it.
All are welcome to the grounds of Camilla Hall on Saturday, Oct. 15 between 10 AM and 3 PM for a huge white elephant sale, food concession sales, children’s games, money chances, gift ticket sales, theme basket raffle, merchandise tables and, our new craft fair area.
Located in a beautiful, inviting campus setting in Chester County, Camilla Hall, the Convent Home and Catholic Healthcare Center of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is unlike any other long term care facility in the area. Although Camilla Hall is for the care of elderly and sick IHM sisters, it is a powerhouse of prayer for all those living in the Chester County area and beyond.
Becky Rigsby has been a nurse working at Camilla Hall for the past 22 years. As a mentor to many young healthcare aides and nurses starting employment at Camilla Hall, she reminds those who she advises that their goal working at Camilla Hall is to wrap the Sisters with love.
“Geriatrics is a passion of mine—it is a vocation,” said Rigsby. She believes that no matter how many changes have taken place over her many years, one constant is the spirit that fills the halls, where the Sisters are unified by faith and mission, and in sharing each other’s joys and sorrows.
Rigsby believes that Camilla Hall is a unique place, and she reminisces about the many times she has felt uplifted by the celebrations (everything is celebrated in Camilla—from sports to holy days), the stories the Sisters share, or by a promise of a prayer or rosary for her intentions.
“It is hard work,” said Rigsby, but “I love when I am making my rounds and recording my notes and I can hear the choir at Mass or when I can just go into the chapel for a few minutes to kneel before the blessed sacrament.” Rigsby considers it an honor to be part of the care of the Sisters who have dedicated their lives in the service of others.
Sister John Joseph, an IHM Sister and nurse, has spent most of her religious life working in Camilla Hall. Sister John recalls about twenty years ago, a gentleman came to bring a donation of fruit to the Sisters and inquired, “What kind of place is this?”
A friendship ensued and for twenty years he and his wife have been working and volunteering. “That’s what Camilla Hall is—a place where friendships are created and bonds last a lifetime,” said Sister John. She shared that the peace one feels entering Camilla Hall is palpable.
Now celebrating its 62nd year, Camilla Hall is gearing up for its annual Oktoberfest and Craft Fair.
For more information visit the website at camillahall.org.