Nursing Students Blessed Before First Clinical

January 28, 2019

By Kerrin Norton '19

On Friday, January 25, the Saint Anselm College nursing class of 2021 gathered in the Abbey Church for a blessing before they begin their first clinical placements. Faculty, staff, members of the monastery, family members, and friends gathered at the Blessing of the Hands ceremony to demonstrate their encouragement and support as the students entered into a new chapter in their nursing education.

The first five rows of pews were filled with 98 eager students, dressed in crisp, navy blue scrubs, ready to venture into their rotations filled with faith and the support of the greater Anselmian community. During the mass, each student was called by name to the altar to have their hands blessed by nursing faculty. Additional healthcare workers at the ceremony were then invited to receive the blessing.

Father Mathias Durette, O.S.B., presided over the blessing, wishing the students well: “We pray that you bring the grace of service to those who suffer, and that you are vibrant witnesses to the power of healing love.”

This year, the students who received the blessing were:
Renee Abruzzese
Lauren Adamo
Ashley Amidon
Emily Anderson
Oleta Andros
Jordyn Arnott
Keaton Bergal
Jordan Bergeron
Nicole Blathras
Nichole Bourque
Molly Bright
Emma Browall
Abigail Buck
Madeline Canalichio
Angela Capone
Meghan Carey
Gabrielle Cicio
Samantha Cimino
Elizabeth Cole
Cameron Coleman
Bailey Conti
Julianna Corsetto
Meredith Curran
Kelsey Czarnota
Catherine Daly
Victoria Defabritiis
Emily Deranian
Catherine Dolan
Abigail Donnellan
Michael Dreske
Molly Evans
Keara Farragher
Nicole Fenerty
Elizabeth Fennell
Marykate Folan
Paul Frank
Emily Gaumond
Morgan Gelinas
Audrey George
Sarah Geraghty
Seana Grealey
Meghan Greeley
Lindsay Haley
Samantha Hassett
Bridget Heffernan
Lucy Henderschedt
Cameron Kurkul
Julia Laenen
Emily Lalmond
Emily Little
Amanda Loewen
Brian Marcotte
Emily Marino-Babcock
Melissa McCall
Kerry McGillicuddy
Bridget McMahon
Ericka Meissner
Carleigh Messner
Quinn Mitchell
Hannah Moody
Marissa Moorhead
Jenna Morrison
Hannah Mullane
Emma Murphy
Andrea Murray
Bridget Murray
Katherine Nash
Olivia Nichols
Taylor Pacheco
Maggie Parisi
Maggie Queenan
Michelle Quigley
Kelly Quirk
Eleni Rizos
Rose Roche
Natalie Rogers
Kerri Roy
Emily Ryan
Erin Sargent
Erica Sherman
Megan Slaney
Sofia Spadaro
Hannah Steinaway
Ryan Sullivan
Jillian Sweeney
Samantha Tasker
Nivedha Thedsanamoorthy
Alison Tomei
Lara Tucker
Shannon Vasas
Allison Verge
Joanna Vougias
Molly Weaver
Olivia Whalen
Nicole White
Delia Williams
Erin Wood
Caroline Zacharchuk

The annual ceremony celebrating the sophomore nursing class is a tradition much anticipated by the students as well as the nursing faculty. Kylie MacDonald, a senior nursing student and president of the Student Nurses’ Association, addressed the student nurses.

“We don’t have to study and wake up early, we get to study hard and become successful nurses, and we get to go to clinical to prepare ourselves to become compassionate nurses,” said MacDonald. “By the end of our four years on the Hilltop, we get to be a Saint Anselm nurse, and that is a special thing for sure.”