Older adults from Jenkins Senior Living Community fondly recall wearing their Sunday best or first communion outfits to process to celebrate May as the month of Mary and culminating in the crowning of the statue with a wreath of flowers, according to Carol Zieba, pastoral care coordinator for Jenkins Senior Living.

“Recognizing that this tradition brings such joy to our residents, the staff at Jenkins organizes its own crowning of Mary,” said Zieba. “Everyone comes out to enjoy the uplifting ceremony and gentle warm breezes. To make it even more special, it all ends with an ice cream social!”

At Catholic Charities, we understand that traditions, such as the crowning of the statue of Mary, contributes to a sense of comfort and belonging. It brings us together and enables people to reconnect with their heritage, family, and friends.

The Jenkins Senior Living Community is located on 25 beautiful acres in southwest Baltimore City. More than 400 seniors live or use the services offered at the following facilities: St. Elizabeths, a rehabilitative nursing facility; St. Ann’s Adult Day Care; Caritas, an assisted living facility, and two independent living facilities including the DePaul House and St. Joachim House.