The Holy Family Community of Mont La Salle, California hosted the posthumous Affiliation ceremony for Patricia May, RN, AFSC on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Mont La Salle’s Conference and Retreat Center Banquet Room.
In attendance were Patricia’s husband, Arden; her daughters, Amanda and Natalie; as well as numerous other family members, family friends, and Brothers.
Affiliation is a formal recognition and acknowledgement extended by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools to those persons who have supported the Brothers in their work, not only through outstanding gifts and services, but also through their professional, personal and fraternal relationship with them. In presenting to them Letters of Affiliation, the Brothers welcome and celebrate affiliates as honorary members of the Institute.
Beginning in 2000, Ms. May had served as District Health Services Coordinator, first for the District of San Francisco and then for the District of San Francisco New Orleans. She managed and provided health care for the retired and infirm Brothers of the Holy Family Community, as well as coordinating care for Brothers in Communities throughout the District.
Tragically, Ms. May died in an automobile accident on June 30, 2016. Her funeral took place at Mont La Salle on July 11, followed by her interment at the Mont La Salle Cemetery. In July, 2017, Institute Superior General Robert Schieler, FSC, approved the Mont La Salle Brothers’ request to affiliate Ms. May. Originally scheduled for October of that year, the affiliation ceremony had to be postponed due to the 2017 NorCal fires.
In his remarks when first announcing the approval to affiliate Ms. May, Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, Visitor, said of her:
“For sixteen years, Patricia May tirelessly ministered to aged and infirm members of Mont La Salle’s Holy Family community and to Brothers of the entire District. Her time and loving attention to each Brother was edifying. Hers was never any reach for “star-status” or attention, and she genuinely loved each Brother and translated that intangible feeling into tangible care through her dedication to her profession as a nurse. Her untimely death was a shock to the entire District and she is greatly missed.”
At the Affiliation, Brother V. Kenneth Curley, FSC, Director of the Holy Family Community, acted as master of ceremonies, opening with a prayer and several reminiscences about Ms. May. Luncheon was then served, with remarks from several speakers offered throughout the meal. Patricia’s daughters, Amanda and Natalie, led the testimonials about their mother. Brother James Riordan, FSC spoke on behalf of the Holy Family Community. Karen O’Keefe, CNA, represented the other Mont La Salle health care workers. Arden May, Patricia’s husband, finished the presentations with his own heartfelt remembrances.
Brother Donald commenced the affiliation portion of the program, first by presenting to Amanda, Natalie, and Arden traditional symbols of entrance into the Institute: a copy of the Rule of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; a copy of The Brothers of the Christian Schools in the World Today: A Declaration; and a six-decade rosary. He then presented the plaque and Letters of Affiliation. Brother Kenneth reading the inscription on the plaque as the presentation was made to the family.
The program concluded with Brother V. Kenneth inviting the guests to visit Ms. May’s gravesite at Mont La Salle Cemetery to pay their respects.
Portions of this story contributed by Brother V. Kenneth Curley, FSC.