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The Bridge at Rockwood participated in a coordinated prayer event on May 5, joining millions of other Americans to recognize what has been designated as the National Day of Prayer.
The Bridge at Rockwood was among the Signature Healthcare facilities that had a prayer service. Some released biodegradable balloons or carried out other symbolic acts. An event at Signature’s Louisville, Ky., headquarters was transmitted via live webcast.
“It’s a big honor for me to lead a company with a focus on interfaith spirituality,” said Signature President and CEO E. Joseph Steier, III.
“We never want to push any kind of religion on our employees,” he added. “We just want to give them time for themselves, to worship as they believe and have time for reflection.”
The Bridge at Rockwood is one of Signature Healthcare’s 72 nursing communities in seven states.
The event highlighted a key part of the company’s mission, which embraces spirituality in all forms, faiths, cultures and traditions.
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer.
In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer.
That law was amended in 1988 to designate the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.