St. Katharine blessing on center’s expansion

By Ray Dyer

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley was in El Reno Feb. 26 to bless and dedicate the new memory care center at St. Katharine Drexel Retirement Center.

Father Mark Mason, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, assisted with the blessing as members of the Sacred Heart and St. Katharine community shared in the ceremony.

The new 16-unit memory care center was added to St. Katharine’s assisted living center, and although it has not officially opened, it already has a waiting list.  The addition will be known as the Cottages at St. Katharine’s.

The $2.9 million memory care center was constructed by Anderson House and designed by ADG.

Brenda Miller serves as executive director of the 59-person assisted living center as well as the 16-unit memory care center.

St. Katharine’s opened in 2007. It is a partnership between Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

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