41 Concordians remembered in Tree of Lights

December 2, 2009 by

During a ceremony at the Motherhouse Wednesday afternoon, volunteers with Meadowlark Hospice light candles as the names of 41 Concordians who died in the past year are read aloud.

During a ceremony at the Motherhouse Wednesday afternoon, volunteers with Meadowlark Hospice light candles as the names of 41 Concordians who died in the past year are read aloud.


A simple and dignified ceremony marked Cloud County’s first Tree of Lights Wednesday afternoon at the Nazareth Motherhouse, when Meadowlark Hospice helped friends and family remember 41 people from Concordia who have died in the past year.


It was the first-ever Tree of Lights ceremony hosted at the Motherhouse, but a tradition that has been going on for more than 15 years in communities served by the Clay Center-based hospice organization. Meadowlark serves communities in Cloud, Clay, Marshall, Republic, Washington and western Riley counties. Other ceremonies are planned in the next week in several communities served by Meadowlark.

Father Jack Schlaf, chaplain for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, gave the opening and closing prayers Wednesday. Sister Regina Ann Brummel, accompanied by Sister Beth Stover on piano, sang four solos. Sister Dorothy Hoover led a responsive prayer taken from the Jewish tradition of “yizkor,” or memorial prayer.

Local Meadowlark volunteers had planned the simple ceremony, including lighting individual candles as they read each of the 41 names. Meadowlark program director Kendra Schurle said that while Tree of Light ceremonies have been held in Concordia for several years, this was the first time the organization had been invited to the Motherhouse for the event. “The sisters who are among our volunteers volunteered use of your auditorium,” she explained. “We’re very grateful to be invited to this beautiful place.”

Sister Regina Ann Brummel sings Silent Night, accompanied on piano by Sister Beth Stover, during Wednesdays Tree of Lights ceremony.

Sister Regina Ann Brummel sings 'Silent Night,' accompanied on piano by Sister Beth Stover, during Wednesday's Tree of Lights ceremony.


Sister Ann Glatter, left, was one of the hospice volunteers who volunteered use of the Motherhouse auditorium for Wednesdays ceremony.

Sister Ann Glatter, left, was one of the hospice volunteers who 'volunteered' use of the Motherhouse auditorium for Wednesday's ceremony.


Father Jack Schlaf, chaplain for the Sisters of St. Joseph at their Motherhouse in Concordia, offered the opening and closing prayers Wednesday afternoon.

Father Jack Schlaf, chaplain for the Sisters of St. Joseph at their Motherhouse in Concordia, offered the opening and closing prayers Wednesday afternoon.


Sister Regina Ann Brummel performed three solos with accompaniment provided by Sister Beth Stover, on the piano. She then sang The Rose a capella.

Sister Regina Ann Brummel performed three solos with accompaniment provided by Sister Beth Stover, on the piano. She then sang 'The Rose' a capella.


Sister Dorothy Hoover led those gathered Wednesday afternoon in a yizkor, or traditional Jewish memorial prayer.

Sister Dorothy Hoover led those gathered Wednesday afternoon in a 'yizkor,' or traditional Jewish memorial prayer.

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One Response to “41 Concordians remembered in Tree of Lights”

  1. Christine Doman,CSJ on December 7th, 2009 11:17 pm

    A touching reflective review of the wonderful care and prayer of the Hospice Memebers in the Concordia area. Thanks for sharing this lovely memorial service.
    S. Christine

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