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engaged,” she said. Some of those activities include bingo, movie night and special potluck dinners centered on major holidays. Cantu said she makes a special effort to invite local entertainers to perform for the residents, like a barbershop quartet or guitar players. “We’re always looking for those willing to volunteer

their talents and entertain our residents, or even someone willing to come spend time with them playing games,” Cantu said. Villa Maria was founded in 1984 by the Diocese of Corpus Christi and

fosters the spiritual life of the elderly by planning and providing programs that nurture love for Christ. It serves the needs of senior citizens by providing a dignified residential facility with a Catholic environment.

Patsy Cantu displays the popcorn machine, which was given to them by an anonymous donor. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic

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✝NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE

Geri Naylor, 9-year resident at Villa Maria Senior Citizen Community, enjoys playing her favorite religious songs on the piano.

South Texas Catholic - March 2015  

The South Texas Catholic is the official publication of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

South Texas Catholic - March 2015  

The South Texas Catholic is the official publication of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.