Olathe Conference Center at Embassy Suites
10401 S. Ridgeview Rd., Olathe, KS 66061
Cocktail Hour & Networking
Dinner & Program
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann Sanctity of Life Award Presentation & Live Auction
Celebrating 75 years since our founding by the Sisters of Charity, Villa St. Francis Catholic Care Center provides 5-star care to those in need from all faith backgrounds with compassion, excellence, and dignity, regardless of their financial means. Villa St. Francis is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, and offers long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, and skilled memory care all on one Olathe campus. With more than 70% of our 170 residents receiving assistance from Medicaid to cover the cost of care, Villa St. Francis is left at a financial shortfall, and relies on the support of our Archdiocesan and Kansas City communities to continue our mission.
The 75th Anniversary Faith in Bloom Benefit Dinner & Auction is an opportunity to connect with other professionals and faithful from throughout the Kansas City metro, and to celebrate all of the ways the Villa St. Francis mission has grown in its 75 years thanks to the community's support. But more than that, the dinner is an opportunity for you or your organization to combat what Pope Francis refers to as the "throwaway culture". Your dollars will provide care for some of our community's most vulnerable - those who spent their lives creating the very community they're relying on today.
At the dinner, Archbishop Naumann will be presenting the annual Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann Sanctity of Life Award to the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, in honor of their dedication to promoting the dignity of life through their end-of-life ministry.
"The care given to the elderly, like that of children, is an indicator of the quality of a community. A people who don’t protect their elderly, who don’t take care of their young, is a people without a future, a people without hope. Because the young — the children, the youth — and the old carry history forward."
Check out videos of past years' Archbishop Naumann Sanctity of Life Award recipients, and pictures from past Faith in Bloom events at the links below!
“ … We are all a little fragile, the elderly. Some, however, are particularly weak, many are alone, and affected by illness. Some depend on the indispensable care and attention of others. Will we take a step back for this? Will we abandon them to their fate? A society without closeness, in which gratuitousness and selfless affection — even among strangers — are disappearing, is a perverse society. The Church, faithful to the Word of God, cannot tolerate these degenerations. A Christian community in which closeness and gratuitousness are no longer considered indispensable, would lose its soul with this. Where there is no honor to the elderly, there is no future for the young.”
– Pope Francis, General Audience, St. Peter’s Square, March 4, 2015
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