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PAGE 6 POST-GAZE'I-rE, JUNE 16, 2017 Saint Daniele Comboni by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Daniele Comboni was born on March 15, 1831, at Limone sul Garda in Brescia, to the poor gardeners Luigi Comboni and Domenica Pace, as the fourth of eight children; he was the sole child to survive into adulthood. He was sent to school in Vero- na on February 20, 1843, where he attended the Nicola Mazza Institute. It was there that he completed his studies in medi- cine and languages (he learned French, English, and Arabic) and prepared to become a priest. Daniele manifested a desire to join the African missions and vowed that he would one day go. On December 31, 1854, he received his ordination to the priesthood. On September8, 1857, he left for Africa along with five other missionaries of the Mazza Institute. Four months later on February 14, 1858, he reached Khartoum in Sudan. There were difficulties, including an un- bearable climate and sickness as well as the deaths of several of his fellow missionaries; this added to the poor and derelict conditions that the population faced made the situation all the more difficult. By the end of 1859, three of the five had died and two were in Cairo while Daniele grew ill. In January 1859, he was forced to return to Verona due to a bout of malaria. He visited Saint Peter's tomb in Rome on September 15, 1864, and it was while reflecting before the tomb that he came upon the idea of a "Plan for the Rebirth of Africa" which was a project with the slogan "Save Africa through Africa." He met with Pope Pins IX on September 19th to discuss his project. Daniele wanted the European continent and the Universal Church to be more concerned with the African continent. He carried out appeals throughout Europe from December 1864 to June 1865 for spiritual and material aid for the African mis- sions. He established a male institute on June 1, 1867 and one for women in 1872 both in Verona: the Istituto delle Missioni per la Nigrizia (since 1894 the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus) and the Istituto delle Pie Madri (later the Comboni Missionary Sisters) on January 1st. On March 9, 1870, he left Cai- ro for Rome and arrived there on March 15th where he took part in the First Vatican Council. He formulated the "Postulatum pro Nigris Africae Centralis" on June 24th, which was a petition for the evangelization of Africa; this received the signature of 70 bishops. In mid-1877, he was named as the Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa and received his 6pisco- pal cons6cration as a bishop on August 12, 1877, from Cardinal Alessandro Franchi. On October 10,1881, he died in Khartoum due to cholera af- ter suffering a high fever since Oct 5th. His final words were reported to be, "I am dying, but my work will not die." Pope Leo XIII mourned the "great loss" of the bishop. 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Boncore Endorses Edwards for Boston City Council With wholehearted enthusi- wards and I continued our legislation or helping to start a asm, I endorse Lydia Edwards' mutual work on behalf of the soup kitchen, Edwards is effec- cmdidacy for Boston City Corm- City of Boston. As the Deputy tire in getting real results for the el, representing East Boston, the Director for Boston's Office of day to day Bostonian. l~orth End, and Charlestown. Housing Stability, she worked With a deep understanding I first met Edwards during with me on the Joint Committee of the needs of our neighbor- my 2016 special election for on Housing to draft and enact hoods, Lydia Edwards will lead the First Suffolk and Middlesex legislation providing housing our communities and together State Senate District. During assistance and relief for resi- will build a long-term vision the race, we developed a mu- dents and small property own- dedicated to service. She is a tual respect for each other's ers across the city. true public servant who will campaigns and work. Though Edwards' resume is impres- continue to listen and learn be- we were opponents, Edwards' sive. She is an accomplished yond her campaign. I can think work ethic and enthusiasm lawyer who left the private sec- of no better person to represent convinced me she was running tor to fight for working families the real concerns of the citizens for all the right reasons, at Greater Boston Legal Ser- of the East Boston, the North Following the election, Ed- vices. Whether spearheadingEnd, and Charlestown. Marquis is in the "hood (Continued from Page 1) to chase numbers, you~e got Waterfront Health, other area fions in the Boston area, not to get good care, good customer medical professionals, archi- just Partners. Rebelo noted, service, [and] good relation- tects, and construction experts "We do business with a lot of ships with people, then all that to determine: folks.., we~l have patients from stuff comes." Her priority is * What is needed/desired everywhere." Presumably, that people, and that includes cli- by the residents, staff, and the includes medical staff also. Re- ents, their families, and staff, community lationships with current attend- She and Rokeach make a good * What needs are not being ing medical staff are expected team. met in this geographical area to be maintained as much as Marquis plans to invest about {e.g., subspecialties not ad- possible, but new medical staff $4M in renovating the existing equately addressed} will be recruited as well Part of facility, which they will do with * What can be done given the Marquis' modus operandi is to as little impact as possible to exist/ng superstructure introduce new medical specialty the current residents. This is * When and how it can be done programs as needed. As these great news as it was very im- Some welcome changes al- require only specialized staff portant to the community that ready planned are a new andand equipment, they can begin residents would not have to be much larger gym/rehab facility as soon as two to three months relocated, even temporarily. The (over 3000 sq. ft.) to be located after Marquis takes over op- I-[ome is their home, and many on the first floor with offices erations. Examples of specialty off the residents would not un- and other common areas; more programs include pulmonary, d,erstand what was happening single private rooms (from six cardiac, and stroke recovery. and be frightened, not to men- now up to about 40); piped-in Rokeach noted, "One of the tion the possible adverse effects oxygen instead of concentra- things we focus on is having on their frail health. Marquis tors or tanks (rare in skilled an interdisciplinary team of the gets this. They use a contractor nursing facilities, and much physicians, therapists, clini- that specializes in doing renova- safer); and more common areas cians, and -- believe it or not tions with as little impact on in general. As Rebelo noted, "If our activities staff, because residents as possible, you walk upstairs to the second the quality of life and stimula- But before renovations can floor, [you see] everybody is in tion and the recreational input begin, informed planning must the hallway." Residents should from the staff is a big, big part take place. Both Rokeach and not have to be left in hallways[ of the reorganization." Rebelo have been meeting with Partners has transferred the Marquis has a very specific a variety of stakeholders to license for 100 beds (keeping vision of care. They have even determine what the needs and 40 that they were not usingtrademarked it--Rehabbing the desires of the community anyway) to Marquis, and Rebelo CarerUbut it very much in- are before swinging the sledge- envisions three floors with 30- eludes long-term care as well. hammers. What? They haven't 35 clients residing on each: one From their website: talked to you yet? Be patient, for residents, one for short term Our all-encompassing con- Sometime later this summer, rehab patients, and one with a tinuum of care includes a dedi- Rokeach and Rebelo will attend mix including longer term re- cated focus on every patient's community meetings, includ- hab patients. There should be physical, social, and emotional ing the monthly NEWNC and some flexibility depending on well-being... We build on each NEWRA meetings. They will be whatever the current needs are. facility's unique identity, intent better able to answer many of Work on the renovation willon meeting the specific needs of the questions we have by then, likely not begin for two to three the community, and positively a~d may also be able to show months, after planning is com- impacting the surrounding area. some conceptual sketches, pleted and the required per- ( Meanwhile, Rokeach, Rebelo mits are obtained; the workAnd from Uri Kahanow, Di- and several other Marquis staff is expected to take about arector of Acquisitions at Tryko will be at the Home every week year to complete. One change Parmers: ox, erseeing the renovations and beginning earlier, though, is We recognized the oppo~unity transition. They look forward to the introduction of electronic to grow our regional presence meeting more of the community health records, which should while at the same time preserv- and all are welcome to drop by happen soon. And, of course, ing this valuable asset for local to see what's going on or call staffing efforts have been on- residents. Spaulding Nursing with any questions, going for several weeks. It is a and Therapy Center is a great One question that we hope will complicated transition, as some fit for us, offering proximity to be answered soon is the status people will elect to stay with quality healthcare institutions of the LDA (Land Disposition Partners/Spaulding, moving to and a dense population. We Agreement) extension to 2032 the new Brighton facility. Staff lookfonvard to working closely (it currently expires in 2022). If are going to have to decide in with Partners HealthCare and you recall, it is this LDA, requir- the next week or so whether to the City of Boston to uphold ing a nursing home and rehab stay or go. But happily for us, and enhance this North End facility be operated on this site, many staffmembers are indeed gem." (tryko. com/portfolio/ that forced Partners to either electing to stay. Marquis worked healthcare/) continue operations or sell to hard to put together compensa- My emphasis there. Hope- another operator. When pressed tion packages that maintainfully they mean it. After meeting by community liaison Francine salaries, seniority, and tenure, Mr. Rokeach and Ms. Rebelo, I Gannon about Marquis' long- makingthe decision to stay easy certainly believe they do. But term intentions, Rokeach as- for those who want to. So resi- as Rokeach himself says, ~The sured us that they have "every dents can look forward to seeing proof will be in the pudding." intention of being around for many of the familiar faces they His message to our com- many, many years to comer love after the transition, munity: "The one thing I can Good to know, but we still want Senior level positions thatdefinitely say is we will give to see that new LDA signed.., will be filled by new applicants, 150% dedication to mak[ing] the Here is what we do know now. though, include Director offacility awarm, open, embrac- Planning input is being col- Nursing, Medical Director, ing facility for the North End lected from stakeholders that Sub Acute Program Director community, and I think it's include current staff, patients/ and Specialty Program Direc- important that we understand clients, their families and at- tor. And, as Marquis is notthat we need to earn the com- tending physicians, concerned restricted to any specific health munity's respect and trust. We community members, Part- network, they will work with all are going to work very hard to ner~/$paulding, North J~nd thctqp-~t~hg~dif-@k~~dQ~h~t~*****~,.~,.**.~4,