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I Am Esquiline: Meet Roy and June F.

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The Esquiline, a Life Plan Community (also known as a continuing care retirement community) in Illinois, is a place where older adults join together in the pursuit of active retirement living and wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

Everyone here has a different story of why they love The Esquiline because every resident brings their own unique personality and talents to the communal table. Get to know two residents, Roy and June F., and learn how they embody The Esquiline spirit in the latest installment of our “I Am Esquiline” series.

Roy and June

Roy and June are married and have been a part of our community since 1997. They are originally from California and have a heart for service and education.

Roy worked for Edison Electric in Southern California and June was a nurse and instructor in the nursing program at Rio Hondo College Whittier California. June also traveled for Natural Family Planning for 20 years. In fact, she is a certified Natural Family Planning Teacher for the Diocesan Right to Life organization.


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A Spirit of Service: Volunteer Efforts

Service to others is a big part of Roy and June’s lives. That didn’t stop when they moved to The Esquiline. Rather, they found new ways to share their gifts with others.

For example, Roy used his background in engineering to help set up the TV system in the Hi-Rise portion of The Esquiline’s campus. As new residents moved in, he would go the extra mile and help them set up their TV and other electronics in their apartment home.

In a way, they were their own two-person orientation team. When Roy would set up the new residents’ electronics, June would inform them of all the events and activities going on around the campus.

Volunteering is something many residents here embrace. In fact, you could say that it’s in our roots. Our founders were the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and part of their mission is to reach out to those in need of physical, emotional, and/or spiritual support through their sincere acts of charity.

We continue that mission to this day by providing residents with plentiful opportunities to share their time and talents whether that inside our adult living community or outside of it in the greater Belleville, Illinois area. For example, our recently launched Sole to Soul program offers congregate meals for older adults in the greater Belleville and O’Fallon area who might be subject to social isolation and might not have access to nutritious meals.


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The Path Leading to The Esquiline, A Life Plan Community at the Shrine

What led Roy and June to The Esquiline?

After becoming Catholic, they subscribed to a Catholic bulletin and saw an ad for The Esquiline. They were planning a trip to visit June’s sister in the east and decided to drop by to see the campus for themselves. They scheduled a visit and set out to see what we had to offer.

Having both been raised in the country, they fell in love with the abundant natural space. They liked that there was so much easy access to the outdoors and the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. It’s a benefit that’s unique to The Esquiline, as we are the only retirement living community located on the grounds of a national Catholic shrine.


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They were also drawn to the three levels of living all under one roof and that the chapel is just a walk down the hallway. Deer and birds frequently entertain them by eating right outside their living room window. In fact, as we were speaking, a deer was eating sunflower seeds and bird food right outside the window.

Roy and June initially moved in to independent living but made the move to assisted living about four years ago. They like to spend their time relaxing in their apartment observing the wildlife and visiting with residents in Dammert Skilled Nursing. They love the music programs offered on campus and attend many of the entertainment events.


Roy and June may be Catholic, but you don’t have to be Catholic to live at The Esquiline! Read more here: The Top 3 Myths About The Esquiline


I Am Esquiline

Roy and June bring warm and welcoming spirits to The Esquiline and contribute to it being such a special place to live. They’re not alone though—join us for more “I Am Esquiline” stories by subscribing to our blog or following us on Facebook!

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