Job Opening….Kitchen / Server

If you, or someone you know, is looking for part-time employment, you can stop by St. Anne’s or visit to apply.

Hours: Mon., Thurs., Fri. (4-7 p.m.); Every other weekend: Sat. & Sun. (6:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

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Don’t Be Blue! Memoirs from our Life at St. Anne’s

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning one of our residents made me chuckle.  He came to the reception desk where I was working and asked for his daily pop money.

For a few of our residents, we take money out of their trust accounts and keep the quarters in a little pouch designated with their name.  At night, we lock up the pouches for safe keeping.  The residents come, then, once or twice a day to get quarters to use in the pop machines.  This way, we can help them budget their money and they don’t have to keep so much in their rooms.

Although each pouch is labeled with the resident’s name, remembering each one’s color is easier than looking closely every time to read the name.

The above-mentioned resident has his quarters in a blue pouch. In the past, reminding myself of the color, I’ve said to him in fun: “Don’t be blue!”  This little phrase has kind of stuck, even on him.  This morning when he, himself, said to me: “Don’t be blue!”, it tickled my funny bone.

I’m glad we can laugh at the little things around here and enjoy some humor  As our little slogan goes, “it’s great to be alive at St. Anne’s!”

Sr. Christina M. Neumann

Check Out and Share our New Video for St. Anne’s!

I am happy to be able to share with you a little video we’re produced about our facility.  It’s less than seven minutes long and may now be viewed using a few different options (see below).  I encourage you to check it out and share it with anyone you think might be interested.

You can view it:

I hope you enjoy it!

Volunteering: Lending a helping hand can help you in return

annella 002 (2)Along with duties to job and family, many people chose to share their time with others by volunteering. St. Anne’s Guest Home is one place that can definitely benefit from this generosity. Many of our volunteers are getting older and are no longer able to help us as they once did. On the other hand, we are blessed at times with university students and other young people who come to help us out.

Not only do volunteers help the place they serve, they also gain personal benefits. lists several:

Volunteering is a way that you can cultivate new skills, or enhance old ones. Are you a musician? Coming to entertain at St. Anne’s is a way you could get in better practice. Are you gifted socially? Coming to visit one-on-one with residents is a way you can tap into this gift. This site also mentions volunteering as a way of being part of your community. It also can give a real sense of achievement and motivation. Volunteering is also a way of gaining new experiences. It broadens your horizons, exposing you to all kinds of people.

It also is a good résumé builder. It is said that “73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.”

Volunteering, according to, can be a means of personal growth as well as of having an impact. Think of what a difference you can make in someone’s life by your presence and caring. An article by United Way also encourages volunteering as a source of friendships, growth, and learning.

One particular group of volunteers here at St. Anne’s is sometimes referred to as our ‘auxiliary.’ This group, which supports our activity department by helping with fundraisers, such as our upcoming fall sale and luncheon, is actually having its fall meeting on Thursday, October 8. If you’d be interested in finding out more or would like to attend the meeting, please call Shelly at 701-746-9401 or email us.

Celebrating a Visit from Our Bishop

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Written by Betty Canavan

It was no surprise that a huge number of St. Anne’s residents turned out to greet Bishop John T. Folda on Wednesday, September 9th.

Bishop Folda is only 54 years old but he displays the wisdom, courtesy and kindness of a man well beyond his years. As he arrived at St. Anne’s and was introduced by Sr. Rebecca to all of us who were anxiously awaiting him, he stepped forward and personally greeted each and every individual, awaiting their name or their requests for a blessing or a prayer.

For those of you who do not know his background, our Bishop was born in Omaha, Nebraska, attended Catholic schools and graduated in 1979. He then, enrolled in the University of Nebraska and studied architecture and electrical engineering. By 1983, Folda attended seminary in Philadelphia, graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1985. His decision was to continue Theological Studies at St. Charles and he earned a Master of Divinity in 1988 plus a Master of Arts in Theology in 1989.

Bishop Folda was ordained a priest for the Lincoln Diocese by Bishop Flavin in May 1989. For the next two years, he went on serve as Parochial Vicar at Cathedral of the Risen Christ and teach religion in high school. In 1991, he was sent to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, where he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Upon his return in 1993, the Diocese of Lincoln assigned him as pastor of two churches, and he served as the Assistant to the Vicar General of the Lincoln Diocese, a board member of Nebraska Catholic Conference, a guidance counselor and teacher of religion. Each of these, in itself, a tremendous task.

By 1995, while continuing his work at the diocesan office, Folda, was appointed to two more churches. Within two more years, he became Director of Diocesan Religious Education, Co-Vicar for Religious, Master of Ceremonies and Censor Libroram. At the same time, he was appointed Delegate of the Bishop to Madonna Rehab Hospital and continues as vice-president of the Board of Directors. Bishop Folda also sits on a number of other committees and boards, setting the standards for finance, social service, education and ethics.

By 1999, Bishop Folda was appointed Rector of St. Gregory the Great Seminary. From 2008 to 2010, he was president of the National Association of College Seminaries, and in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named him ‘Chaplain of His Holiness’, with the title of Monsignor. He was appointed Bishop of Fargo by Pope Francis in April 2013, and ordained and installed in June.

Part of the joy in celebrating this accomplished man taking time to meet, greet and have a photo opp with us here at St. Anne’s was the fact that he brought his assistant Fr. Matthew Kraemer, (originally of St. Mike’s) with him.

014At that time, our own Chuck Gust and Fr. Matt put on their accordions and played polkas, waltzes and other songs. While we enjoyed ourselves dancing or toe tapping, Sr. Rebecca was able to slip Bishop Folda out for a tour of the building and introduce our nurses, dining staff, office assistants and care workers. But, the residents just kept coming.

Also, as the Bishop made his way to the lobby, members of the church community started to arrive for Adoration and he made himself available to meet and speak with them. Before he left, Bishop Folda asked that we pray for more young men and women to come to the consecrated life. Please remember to include our wonderful Bishop in your prayers

The art of reading is alive and well at St. Anne’s…celebrating International Literacy Day

book-worm-clip-art-ace9Kanc4Today is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as International Literacy Day, highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities, and societies alike, according to Wikipedia.

The ability to read is a great gift.  How many of us remember some of our childhood favorite story books?  Also, do you ever stop and think about how many times in the course of a day you rely upon your ability to read without even realizing it? From looking at the morning paper to tasks at work to reading instructions to make supper, the number of times we depend on our literacy is extensive.

At St. Anne’s we help foster this ability, and the use thereof, in several ways.  Both our basic care unit and our low-rent housing apartments have libraries which residents are welcome to use.  We also get two subscriptions to the Grand Forks Herald so residents are able to read the daily news both in our Activity Room and in our Atrium area.  For those who enjoy having literature read to them, we offer “Reading Hour” twice each week, reading from various volumes of fiction.

One further way St. Anne’s provides opportunities for people to utilize and benefit from their literacy is through our monthly newsletter, The Broadcaster.  This little publication also offers residents (who are on the committee) the chance to express themselves, take part in something, and have their names in print.  They have to exercise their capacity for reading to do research which they then include in their articles.

Today, as we mark this international observance, may we be grateful for the gift of reading and use it for good!

Something to brood over…National Chicken Month

At St. Anne’s Guest Home, we have a five-week cycle rotation for our menus. With the course of one cycle, our dietary staff serve chicken over a dozen times, offering Chicken Drummies, Chicken Pattie on a Bun, Breaded Chicken Strips (2x),  Chicken Noodle Soup (2x), Sweet & Sour Chicken, Chicken Salad on Bread, Chicken Fried Steak, Oven Baked Chicken (3x), and Chicken Pot Pie.  This isn’t just during this National Chicken Month, but year-round.

Chicken, according to, is a healthy choice, being low in saturated fat and having beneficial nutrients, including Selenium (which may help against cancer), as well as Vitamins B3 and B6.  According to, chicken is a source of tryptophan, which can almost serve as an anti-depressant.  It also points out that it has a helpful high-protein level.  Furthermore, chicken is a good source of phosphorus.

Another online article, however, brings up concerns regarding the hormones chickens may be given to speed up their growth.  Due to this concern, one may wish to be careful in choosing chicken products.

Nonetheless, chicken definitely has had its role in American culture.  In fact, references over expressions we use that have their origins in this form of poultry, not to mention those referring to their eggs.  Also, there is a “chicken joke,” in which a hand-towel is transformed to look like a butchered chicken, while a little story is told about a devastated farmer.  (If you’d like to see it done, just ask Sr. Christina.)