Nuns’ Work Led to Retirement Community’s Creation
Pennybyrn at Maryfield and its sponsors, the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, are celebrating a legacy that stretches back 65 years in the Triad.
[pullquote]Respect, compassion and care are Pennybyrn’s foundation;[/pullquote]Today’s Pennybyrn, a continuing care retirement community in High Point, was rebuilt entirely in 2007. However, the legacy of caring and compassion began 65 years ago when the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God began providing services in the Triad area at what is now Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
Over the years as the needs of the community have grown, the Sisters’ dedication to caring has evolved into the new, vibrant retirement lifestyle for people of all faiths.
The Poor Servants of the Mother of God was founded in 1872 by British-born Mother Magdalen Taylor. The Sisters’ ministries focus on healthcare and housing, education, the non-proft sector and on those who are poor, ill or at the end-of-life.
“Respect, compassion and care are Pennybyrn’s foundation; the Sisters who first came to America were on a mission to care for others and to create an environment of true hospitality; welcoming all and helping each person feel at home,” said Pennybyrn at Maryfield President and Community Leader Rich Newman. “From these roots has emerged a unique retirement lifestyle emphasizing wellness of the whole person—mind, body and spirit. The new Pennybyrn extends the Sister’s original mission in new and exciting ways.”
Several 65th anniversary events were held last month at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, which is nestled amidst 71 acres of rolling, landscaped lawns and scenic walking trails.