Associate Spotlight: Cathie Braasch

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We celebrate our associates and share how they spread the CSJ spirit to the dear neighbor through their work and volunteer opportunities.

I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as an associate. And it has been my privilege to work at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis as a social worker for about 15 years. It is in the skilled nursing unit that I perform my services, always trying to remember that it is the “dear neighbor" whom I serve.

My responsibility is to assist the residents and their families with their special needs, including scheduling doctor's appointments, and transportation to and from; helping resolve family concerns, advocating for them with genuine care and empathy; addressing any complaints as soon as possible with understanding and comfort.

I seek out residents who need compassion and a listening friend during their loneliness, and we pray together. I love mentoring social work practicum students and new employees, always brainstorming for solutions to problems. I am certified in Healing Touch Level I, which enables me to comfort residents in distress. I also serve on several committees—quality improvement, ethics, admission team, resident counsel team and palliative care team— that focuses my attention always on the dear neighbor, Nazareth residents and their families, and seeing that they are always treated with love.

My prayer on this journey is that my ministry be nourished with the charism, zeal and passion I share with the Sisters of St. Joseph. My goal is that every resident and family member feel the presence of Jesus during their time at Nazareth, and I gladly rearrange my work hours to accommodate them. My personal integrity as a person of faith, combined with my professional commitment and experience, make visible the charism of the CSJ community.

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