Cardinal O'Malley visits New Horizons Marlborough

Catholic leader celebrated Mass and met with Sisters of the Good Shepherd

On Friday, January 30, 2015, New Horizons at Marlborough welcomed Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley to celebrate Mass and meet with residents. More than 150 people filled the on-site Cardinal Cushing Chapel for this special service. “We were so delighted to welcome his Eminence to our community,” said New Horizons’ Executive Director Robert O’Connor. “The Cardinal was incredibly gracious. Our residents and guests will long remember the time and attention he shared with them.”

During his visit to the not-for-profit senior living community, the leader of the Archdiocese of Boston also spent private time with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who recently marked their 50th anniversary in Marlborough.

See below for a complete story from the The Metrowest Daily News, visit FLICKR to see photos of the event, and check out Cardinal O’Malley’s blog to read His Eminence’s brief recap of his visit with the Sisters.

O'Malley urges unity, love at Marlborough Mass

The Metrowest Daily News, by Jeff Malachowski – 1/31/15

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston enters the chapel to say Mass for residents of the New Horizons at Marlborough independent and assisted living community. Daily News Staff Photo / Allan

MARLBOROUGH – Cardinal Sean O’Malley urged residents of New Horizons to build a community of love among one another while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Friday.

O’Malley, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, celebrated Mass with more than 100 residents of the independent- and assisted-living facility Friday afternoon and asked the residents to join him in the mission of loving their neighbors and creating a close-knit community and better world.

“We must love one another the way Christ loves us,” said O’Malley. “How does Christ love us? He loves us first.”

During his homily, O’Malley told a nearly standing-room only crowd at the Cardinal Cushing Chapel on the New Horizons campus about his favorite gospel, which detailed the story of a man who could not walk and wanted to be healed by Jesus.

The man’s friends carried him to Jesus’ home, but they found the home crowded with people seeking to be healed. Undeterred, the friends climbed onto the roof, dug a hole and lowered their friend down in front of Jesus.

O’Malley encouraged the crowd of all denominations to be like the friends in that particular piece of the Scripture.

“We want to be friends like that,” he said. “It’s very enlightening to see people come together and support each other.”

Prior to the Mass, O’Malley celebrated with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who previously ran the Madonna Hall School for Girls at the site of New Horizons. The school was closed several years ago and the property was sold to New Horizons in 1993, but the sisters still live on the property and remain active in the MetroWest and Marlborough communities.

“We’re grateful for their support,” said O’Malley. “It’s a great joy to be with all of you today.”

After the service, many in attendance marveled at O’Malley’s presence.

“The whole atmosphere was very inspirational,” said Elizabeth Gebhard. “He was very, very real. He was inspirational. It made me think of the close community feeling here.”

Rite Cenik, who saw O’Malley for the first time Friday, characterized the cardinal as “impressive.”

“I was thrilled to be in his presence,” she said.

O’Malley’s message of kindness and love reverberated throughout New Horizons Friday.

“You could relate to the importance of all people,” said Cenik. “It was an inspirational message.

Linda Borrelli called it “an honor” to take a picture and briefly chat with O’Malley after the service.

“I thought it was incredible,” said Borelli. “I was just excited to say hello to him.”

Frank Mangiacotti shared an embrace with O’Malley at the conclusion of Mass, an interaction he described as “inspiring.”

“It was terrific,” he said. “He should come more often.”

Marlborough Retirement Community Earns Two
National Awards

Marlborough Patch - 2/14/14

Two national organizations that collect consumer ratings recently recognized New Horizons at Marlborough for providing top-tier service in independent and assisted living for senior citizens. presented the not-for-profit retirement community with its Caring Stars 2014 award. This recognition is bestowed upon the top 1 percent of assisted living communities nationwide, based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on

“Congratulations to New Horizons at Marlborough for achieving this high praise from the residents and families they serve,” said Andy Cohen, cofounder and CEO of “The Caring Star award signals a history of service excellence, further helping those seeking the best assisted living or Alzheimer’s care community for their loved ones.”

In addition, New Horizons at Marlborough received’s Excellence Award, as a result of its consistently high ratings from residents and their families in 2013.

“We wanted to put a spotlight on those companies that have invested efforts to deliver excellent customer service to potential and existing customers, as evident from their high ratings,” said Eric Seifert, president of “Recipients of the Excellence Award set a high bar of quality for other senior care providers to follow.” is a consumer reviews website established by A Place for Mom (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral service, as a way for seniors and their families to share feedback on senior living communities and services. The award identifies the top communities that have received an overall average rating of at least 4.5 stars (out of a possible 5) on the site.

Owned by Cummings Foundation, one of the largest foundations in New England, New Horizons is home to more than 400 seniors. The 20-year-old community is located on Hemenway Street in east Marlborough. Its scenic 40-acre campus was formerly the site of Madonna Hall School for Girls.

“We appreciate that we have received such positive feedback from families about the services we offer, and we thank and for recognizing our community,” said Robert O’Connor, executive director of New Horizons at Marlborough. “We strive every day to deliver the highest-quality care for our residents, and these awards help to validate our delivery on that promise.”

According to O’Connor, New Horizons features several amenities that are highly unusual for assisted and independent living communities, including a large indoor swimming pool, fitness center, hair salon, pharmacy, and general store. In addition, the non-sectarian community offers regular religious services for Protestant and Jewish faiths, as well as daily Catholic Mass.

New Horizons recently announced that new residents will see no increases in the cost of lodging or meals for five years.

Seniors Get Surf Savvy
Intel Learning Center opens at New Horizons in Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. Seniors at New Horizons at Marlborough are learning that "it's not just their grandchild's Internet anymore!"

The 420-resident not-for-profit retirement community has recently paired with Hudson-based Intel Massachusetts, Inc., to open a new computer learning center at New Horizons. For Intel Massachusetts, the new lab is the third of its kind the company has opened in the area. Intel has established the other two similar labs at Council on Aging centers in both Hudson and Marlborough.

Intel explains that its corporate volunteer program, "Intel Involved," encourages and promotes employee volunteerism within the community. During the past 10 years that Intel has operated in Hudson, employees have participated in a number of local worthy causes. This has included painting at the Boys and Girls Clubs, cleaning up the Assabet River, hosting computer and television recycling events, and other community-focused efforts.

The man primarily responsible for introducing the Intel program to New Horizons is Martial Frechette. In 2005 Frechette, a process engineer at Intel, began building relationships with several of the residents at New Horizons, which was also home to his now late uncle Albert Frechette. The younger Frechette's selected community service through the Intel Involved program was teaching computer skills to seniors. Spurred by the success of his work, fellow Intel process engineer Penny Iannelli joined Freschette in the New Horizons program a year later.

By 2007, the number of New Horizons seniors signing up for computer classes had jumped dramatically. In response, New Horizons committed to dedicating not only space for a new computer learning center, but also new user-friendly furniture for its users. With the collaboration growing, Intel pledged a $10,000 grant to New Horizons for the purchase of new computer equipment.

The generous donation gave birth to the Albert Frechette Intel Computer Learning Center, in memory of Martial Frechette's uncle. The center is well equipped with multiple desktop computers, large screen overhead television monitors, a printer, and wireless capability for as many as eight students working simultaneously. Intel volunteers will provide classes to in-house seniors on alternate Thursdays. The center is open to New Horizons residents at many other times, as well.

A three-year resident of New Horizons and the driving force for this program, Albert Frechette died in 2007. His sisters, Irene King and Connie York, continue to reside at New Horizons. "It is an honor to have Albert remembered this way," King said. "He was very helpful to Martial and very much interested in computers; they were his passion," she added. On behalf of Intel, Martial Frechette spearheaded the grant process for New Horizons and also personally selected and purchased the equipment for the new center.

Together, Frechette and Iannelli are encouraging New Horizons residents to explore the vast opportunities of today's Information Age.

The seniors participating in computer classes now surf the Internet, install software, send email, and can even manage their personal finances. "Technology and computer skills are a necessity for the future. With the help of Intel employees, New Horizons' seniors can now experience technology at its best," said Marlborough resident Robert O'Connor, New Horizons' executive director since the facility opened in 1994.

A not-for-profit community, New Horizons' 40-acre Hemenway Street campus offers multiple care programs for its residents. According to O'Connor, this includes independent apartment style living, full service retirement housing, traditional assisted living, and Alzheimer care, as well as geriatric mental health. "Our continuum of care offers seniors wonderful opportunities to enjoy life with virtually whatever level of adjustable services they prefer and need," he noted.

Along with its not-for-profit sister facility, New Horizons at Choate in Woburn, the Marlborough New Horizons is owned and operated by Woburn-based Cummings Foundation. Since the Foundation's establishment 1986, Winchester's Joyce and William Cummings, along with their family, have funded the organization almost in its entirety. According to local statistics, Cummings Foundation has developed into one of the largest charitable foundations in New England.

Goldbergs celebrate 70th wedding anniversary
at New Horizons

Residents David and Ethel Goldberg recently celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss, the last three and one-half of which have been spent living at New Horizons in Marlborough. The Goldbergs were married on November 14, 1937. The couple, formerly of Newton and Delray Beach, Florida, joined our New Horizons community in August, 2004.

According to the Jewish Reporter, Ethel was born and raised in Cambridge, Mass. while David comes from Chelsea, Mass. Said David, "We have had a wonderful life together. We fought sometimes, but she was always right. We never went to bed mad."

David and Ethel's 70th wedding anniversary was celebrated right at New Horizons, with 25 family members participating in the festivities. The couple has two daughters and a son, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Both New Horizons are strictly not-for-profit communities owned by Cummings Foundation, a $1.2 billion net worth charitable foundation, founded in 1986 by William S. and Joyce M. Cummings. New Horizons in Marlborough has grown steadily under the same Executive Director since before its opening in 1992.