Founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Mount Saint Vincent in Denver has provided solace and care to countless children in need. Originally an orphanage, it has changed to providing a community preschool, foster home, and pediatric behavioral health center. Walking the journey with many served by Mount Saint Vincent, one individual has dedicated her life to its mission – Sister Michael Delores Allegri. As Mount Saint Vincent celebrates its 140th anniversary, Sister Michael celebrates significant milestones also.
A Life of Milestones
In the year leading up to the momentous anniversary, Sister Michael achieved three significant milestones. She celebrated her 80th birthday, commemorated her 60th jubilee as a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, and reached an incredible milestone of fostering her 100th child. Since 1999, she has been actively involved in fostering children under the care of Mount Saint Vincent, leaving an indelible mark of love and compassion on each child she nurtures.
The Most Meaningful Calling
While Sister Michael dedicated herself to various roles, such as teaching and serving as a principal, she found fostering to be the most meaningful experience. The challenges and life-changing moments she encountered as a foster parent touched her deeply. The opportunity to provide love and support to vulnerable children became a pivotal aspect of her life’s work.
Sister Michael’s passion for fostering can be traced back to her childhood experiences. As a Girl Scout, she often visited St. Anthony’s Home for Infants, where she relished playing with younger children. This early exposure ignited a lifelong aspiration to establish her own orphanage and surround herself with the joy of children’s company. Although her path initially led her to the world of education, she eventually found her way back to her dream of fostering children.
A Foster Parent’s Role
According to Sister Michael, the role of a foster parent extends beyond temporary shelter. It involves actively working towards family reunification or facilitating adoption for the child. Sister Michael maintains ongoing contact with the children she has fostered, ensuring they feel loved and connected.
Mount Saint Vincent celebrated its 140th anniversary with a community party on June 10. The event honored the institution’s legacy and the contributions of individuals like Sister Michael Delores Allegri, who have dedicated their lives to serving others.
As Mount Saint Vincent commemorates 140 years of transforming the lives of children in need, Sister Michael’s commitment to them and the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth exemplifies the transformative power of love and service.