Father Bill Sings With Joy

Father William Sutherland, Chaplain, has been ministering to residents, family and the Erie community for nearly eight years at Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center. Father Sutherland, who prefers to go by Father Bill, offers his ministry to people of all denominations and those of no denomination.   He attends to the residents at the Center six days a week, not only with a Mass, Communion and One on One Anointing but visiting those not feeling well, those who need company and those who are looking for comfort.  

In addition to traditional ministering, Father Bill brings his love of music and singing to the Center.   He sings with the Lake Erie Sound; a group of twenty acapella members.   The group practices and performs regularly at the Center in the Chapel.   

With happiness in his eyes, Father Bill shares, “When we start singing the (old) songs with the residents on Gallagher, they just join right in to sing with joy in their hearts”. 

Community members have inquired if services are still available and Father Bill cheerfully responds, “the community is welcome and invited to attend services in the Chapel.  We used to have large groups attend regularly and I would enjoy the fellowship in seeing them again.”    The chapel is a lovely setting with beautiful stained-glass windows, a large balcony for second floor residents, and access from both the Nursing and Rehab Center and the Life Center.   Father Bill recalls when the Angel was donated and hung below the lights.   

Father Bill can be found offering Mass at 9:00AM in the Chapel, Sunday Service in the Chapel at 10:30AM and on Wednesday Mass on the Gallagher secured memory unit at 10:00AM.    The services in the Chapel are also live-streamed on the in-house Chanel 3 station for residents to attend remotely.   Spiritual music is played on Chanel 3 throughout the day.     The Life Enrichment calendar can be referenced for scheduling. Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center, located between Wilson Middle/High School and St. John the Baptist Church, offers a continuum of care including, skilled nursing, inpatient dialysis, rehabilitation, secured memory care and long-term care.  Nightingale Life Center offers independent and personal care apartments.   If you would like information, please contact Tonya Moyer, Marketing Department, at Nightingale Nursing and Rehab Center or email tmoyer@nightingalenrc.com .    


Let's Connect

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.