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STINRC Resident Advocate

Mr. Edward B.  Mackey, Jr. was born at Penn Hospital when it was located on 36th Street and Spruce Street in Philadelphia, PA. The heart of his life has been immersed not too far from this location at St. Ignatius Parish in West Philly where his father was a close friend of Msgr. John Mitchell, founder of St. Ignatius Nursing Home on Wallace Street, now known as St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehab Center on Haverford Ave. Ed recalls that Msgr. Mitchell was comfortable in dad’s recliner, always easing back with his hands behind his head, soliciting an answer from his father, “Ed, tell me, how in the hell are you?”  

Ed called to mind a fond memory of when he was a child and his father hurt his ankle and was incapacitated for 19 months. He recounts that St. Ignatius Parish supported his family with a food basket every Friday during this time and the family utility bills were miraculously being paid. Later he found out that this gesture of solidarity was from the leadership at St. Ignatius Parish, even then, his home away from home. On Dec. 7, 1941, Ed served his first Mass as an altar boy, a day he will never forget.

Ed married in 1956 and had six wonderful children with his wife Dolores. In his professional life he sold insurance, furniture, clothing and appliances.  A highlight of his active life was when he became a Eucharistic Minister at St. Ignatius Parish and would visit the homebound and those in the nursing home bringing them the Eucharistic Lord to strengthen them.

The years passed quickly and in 2013, Ed became a resident at STINRC. He was approached by our activities director, Michelle Garrison, to consider becoming a resident advocate. He immediately dove into this role and continues to this day to advocate for, pray for and serve STINRC residents, always speaking for the common good and working to make STINRC a happy home. 

Submitted by S Veronica Marie Lucero, CSSF