As the men of Don Guanella Village, an archdiocesan home for men with intellectual disabilities in Springfield, prepare to move to new community-based cottages, they and their family, friends and the facility’s staff celebrated Mass for the final time July 26 at Cardinal Krol Center on the Delaware County campus. (See the full story.)
The property on which the center sits was sold last year, a move that partly reflects the societal preference for group home living over large institutional settings for care. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Servant of Charity Father Dennis Weber, left, celebrates the Mass with priest concelebrants and some men of Don Guanella Village as altar servers.
At the altar for Mass are, from left, Fathers Jim DeGrassa, Dennis Weber and Tim Judge.
Altar servers exchange a sign of peace.
Don Guanella Village’s residents enjoyed an outdoor social together with family, friends, staff and volunteers after the Mass.
The new complex of three cottages called the Communities of Don Guanella nears completion on a property adjacent to the former Don Guanella Village campus and nearby Cardinal O’Hara High School. The cottages will house 16 men, former DGV residents. (Sarah Webb)