Health and Well-being

lectioWell-being is a state of balance or alignment in body, mind and spirit. In this state, we feel content, and connected to purpose, people and community, peaceful and energized, resilient and safe. In short, we are flourishing.

Our personal well-being — as well as the well-being of our families, the organizations in which we work, and the communities in which we live — is influenced by many factors. We encourage you to consider ways to increase your capacity and expand your potential in these areas.

We offer:

Spiritual Counseling
Meet Sister Pauline as she shares her vision about her ministry:

Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members.

This StoryCorps video Danny and Annie tells the greatest love story ever. Funny, touching, and incisive, Danny and Annie are unusually thoughtful and candid in expressing their affection – from their very first date to the time of Danny’s death.

Individual Spiritual and/or Bereavement Counseling by appointment. Contact Sister Pauline Dalpe, OSU/MEd. LPC. at 330.792.7636.

Project Rachel
Project Rachel is the name of the Catholic Church’s healing ministry to those who have been involved in abortion. Its name comes from Scripture:

In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,
of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
she refuses to be consoled
because her children are no more.

Thus says the LORD:
Cease your cries of mourning,
wipe the tears from your eyes.
The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward…
There is hope for your future.

Jeremiah 31:15-1

Project Rachel operates as a network of healing composed of specially-trained caregivers which may include priests, deacons, sisters, lay staff and volunteers, mental health professionals, spiritual directors, mentors, chaplains and others, such as medical personnel. These individuals, often working as a team, provide direct care to women, men and adolescents who have been touched by an abortion loss, enabling them to grieve, receive forgiveness, and find peace. Although most dioceses use the name Project Rachel, some programs are named differently. In addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and retreats. Founded in 1984 by Victoria Thorn in Milwaukee, today Project Rachel programs can be found in about 150 Catholic dioceses in the United States, as well as in dioceses in other countries.

A single phone call puts you in touch with Sister Pauline who can help You may call her at 330.792.7636. Come back to God who is Love and Mercy.

Spiritual Direction
Are you looking for some direction in your life–something more? A spiritual director, companion, mentor, or guide may help you along on your journey of discovery.

“Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday. Spiritual direction has emerged in many contexts using language specific to particular cultural and spiritual traditions. Describing spiritual direction requires putting words to a process of fostering a transcendent experience that lies beyond all names and yet the experience longs to be articulated and made concrete in everyday living. It is easier to describe what spiritual direction does than what spiritual direction is. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.” Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv, Executive Director, Spiritual Directors International

Spiritual direction is by appointment. Contact Eileen W. Novotny at 330.533.3831.


SilverSneakers_LogonewThe SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program helping older adults live healthy, active lifestyles. Get fit, have fun, make friends!

SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

SilverSneakers® Cardio Circuit
Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, head to toe stretching, and complete relaxation in a comfortable position.

Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.

SilverSneakers YogaStretch
This class is designed for older adults, leading them through a series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures that are designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation help promote stress reduction and mental clarity. All stretches and poses will be done standing or seated in a chair.

This class is geared toward those who have not been practicing yoga or have never practiced yoga or have some physical limitations that would deter them from attending a traditional yoga class. “It is a very gentle, relaxed pace and not meant to challenge our cardiovascular condition,” states Paul Joseph, the certified instructor who leads the SilverSneakers yoga class at The Ursuline Center.

Goals of the classes are to improve overall fitness, promote health education, especially as it relates to health status issues, and encourage social interaction in a group setting.

Classes are Saturdays at 8 a.m.

For more information on joining our SilverSneakers classes, contact Sister Jan Gier at 330.799.4941 or Sister Therese Ann Rich by email at

Arthritis Aquatics
Offered at the Motherhouse pool by The Woodlands LLC and the Arthritis Foundation. Classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays in the p.m. Contact Cathy Crawford at 330.792.7681.

Pool class 3Water Aerobics Classes Sponsored by The Ursuline Center
Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays in the p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the a.m. classes. Contact Sister Jan Gier at 330.799.4941.

Private Swim Lessons
From September through May we offer private swimming lessons for children and adults. Please contact Barb Cisco at 330.482.2562.

All private swimming lesson spots are filled and we have a long waiting list. We will let you know when we will begin taking new applications!

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