The history of the nursing ministry at Little Flower Church

We wanted to take a moment to introduce the nursing ministry here at Little Flower Catholic Church, their history, and how you can benefit from the generosity of these skilled nurses.

Beginning in the early 90’s as “Parish Nurse Ministry”

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In the late 1990s, Cindy Castellano RN introduced a program called Parish Nurse Ministry through Sacred Heart Hospital with Father Holley’s approval.   Cindy was the first Coordinator and she had four founding members – Marietta Cochran ARNP, Connie Diestro RN, Gilda Hayas RN and Sophie McHugh LPN.  Shortly after the Nursing Ministry started, Phyllis Hodge RN, BeBe Bacawat RN (now deceased) and Mila Sapiera RN joined the group.

The nurses at that time provided several CPR classes; they got speakers of Sacred Heart Hospital Senior Services to come and lecture; Mainstay Financial Group offered financial assistance to the parishioners through the invitation of the nurses.  Blood pressure readings were also offered the third Sunday of the month (started 1993) and this has continued throughout the years.

Changing our name to “Faith Wellness Nursing”

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The Nursing Ministry has changed the name to Faith Wellness Nursing which is now a national organization and approved by the American Nurses Association. It is under the umbrella of Sacred Heart Health System/Ascension and we have a set of by-laws that are our guidelines.

In 2011, Marietta Cochran became Little Flower’s Nursing Ministry Coordinator.  One of the responsibilities of the Coordinator is to attend every other month an educational  meeting of the Faith Wellness Nurses that are inter-denominational, representing churches from all over our area.

At these meetings the nursing members share their experiences, ideas and often time listen to a health professional lecture. Recently the topic was human trafficking and all the nurses were very interested and wanted to know how they could get their church members involved. Any information that is obtained at these meetings is shared with the parishioners.

Our Nursing Ministry sponsors the Mission in Motion from Sacred Heart Health System. Throughout the year parish members and clients of Saint Terese Mission may participate in free screenings for glucose/cholesterol, osteoporosis, flu shots, and anemia.

We care about our entire parish family

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Our nurses also work closely with Little Flower School to provide free physicals for students with help from the nurses with Mission in Motion.  The nurses offer First Aid for participants in our festivals.

It is important to note that this nursing ministry is more than just blood pressure readings on a Sunday. It is an opportunity to let the Parish know that we, the nurses, care about its parish family.

We welcome you to join us

We welcome any nurses, active or retired, no matter your specialty, to join us when time permits.


Clancy O’Donnell BSN RN MS

Coordinator 2019

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