October 01, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Fr. Gregoire Fluet, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry at the Mount, blessed the hands of about 100 Mount Saint Mary College Nursing students.
About 100 Mount Saint Mary College Nursing majors gathered at the college’s Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary on Friday, September 28 to have their hands blessed.
Fr. Gregoire Fluet, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry at the Mount, led the college’s first dedicated Blessing of the Hands ceremony.
“We have gathered together as a family to celebrate [the students’] service, and their healing, and their love,” said Fr. Fluet.
Susan LaRocco, Dean of the School of Nursing, told the nursing students to take a good look at their hands.
“What do you see?” she asked. “Your hand is composed of 27 bones, three nerves, and some of the densest nerve endings in the entire body. But your hands are so much more than the muscles and bones you learn about in anatomy. Your hands are an extension of your heart. They can comfort a crying child. They can provide a caring touch to a terrified patient. They also will develop the technical skills to provide effective care.”
She added, “Let you heart and your mind guide your hands to provide compassionate, safe, and culturally appropriate care, now and throughout your career.”
School of Nursing professors assisted Fr. Fluet during the blessing, and Fr. Fluet ended the ceremony with the Mount Saint Mary College School of Nursing Prayer.